Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 Host Corinne Frugoni Speaks With Robin Renshaw, Montessori Preschool Educator


Is preschool important? What can preschool do for your child? If you are a parent, relative or friend of a 3-5 year old, and have decided that yes, preschool is a vital stepping stone, then how do you decide what’s the best fit?

Robin Renshaw started the Mad River Montessori Preschool 30 years ago and has never looked back.  Some of her IMG_2757first students are now adults with families themselves, enrolling their own children at Mad River Montessori.

What makes Montessori schools unique? As Robin puts it, the curriculum she designed based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy emphasizes the “4 R’s – Responsibility, Respect, Resourcefulness” which are all necessary to ultimately allow a child to be “Resilient.”  Resilience is what we need to adapt and cope with the challenges and obstacles that life presents as we grow.  How are these qualities instilled? If you visit a Montessori classroom, you’ll note an ordered clutter.  All the activities look like play and to a child, they are play.  If you look more closely, all the activities are designed to enhance exploration, self-esteem, curiosity and cooperation. For a child play is work, work is play and that touches the inner drive that children have to learn.IMG_6862

After attending an orientation at Mad River Montessori, hearing Robin speak, and observing the 4 Montessori teachers, Julie, Sam, Joey and Linda nurture and guide the children in class I looked back at my toddler years and only wished that I had had this amazing opportunity to participate in such a positive first school experience.  Of course, the proof is in the pudding and that’s a resounding “yes!” to the question “Did you have a good day in school today?”

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: 20001_TTEOW 11-16 Renshaw and Corinne_program

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