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At a brainstorm meeting of parents and faculty, one parent asked us about our “ten-second elevator speech” that we use to tell people about our school. I don’t have a ten-second speech. My tactic is to smile engagingly and then detain them for half an hour while I gush about our school: the sense of community, the freedom that the children have to make decisions about themselves and their school, the soothing sound of the fountain in our main foyer, the fact that the children are allowed to climb the trees. I gush about how the MJDS experience has affected our home life: our toddler tidies up the shoes in the front hall, our preschool-age daughter rinses and cuts fruits and vegetables for herself to snack on, the baby – not yet one year old – is already walking, thanks to the freedom of movement we’ve given her since her birth, and my husband and I no longer do things for the children that they can do for themselves.

I’m looking forward to bringing these stories – and my reflections on Montessori and its relevance to Jewish education – to the blog. It’s the part of the MJDS experience that you won’t see if you visit a classroom, but that I wish every parent understood. Perhaps one day, if I and my fellow bloggers do our job well, every parent will.