Regina Lulka, Head of School
Welcome to Montessori Jewish Day School. I am thrilled you are exploring a Jewish Montessori education for your child.
As Jewish educators and parents, we have strong requirements for our children’s education. We seek to combine the ideals of a Jewish education – respect for community and one self, balance, a love for life and Israel – with teaching methods that challenge the class as a whole, while still meeting the interests and needs of the individual child.
As such, there is a growing awareness that Montessori philosophy, established, applied and proven over the past 100 years, can and should be offered to Jewish children.
Judaic and Montessori philosophies share many of the same ideas and values: respect for the individual, love of learning, care for the natural environment, a desire to live a moral life and make a contribution to one's community. Both place much importance on education as a tool we can use to create a better world.
The principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori are the ideal foundation for the integration of our requirements:
• Respect for the child
• A nurturing environment prepared with multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to support independence and self-directed learning
• Educators trained to observe, assess and respond to individual learning styles and paces
• Learning materials designed to maximize growth and understanding
• Freedom of movement to interact with peers and select activities
• Uninterrupted time to finish an activity successfully, thus building
• A “personal best” approach that eliminates peer competition
Inclusive, pluralistic and egalitarian, Montessori Jewish Day School is dedicated to instilling respect for the individual and for the community.
We introduce our children to their rich heritage – providing an engaging Jewish educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew, and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual and intellectual growth.
MJDS children are educated toward becoming knowledgeable and committed citizens who love Judaism, Jewish culture and Israel.
Through Montessori’s core tenet that it is how and not what we learn that most shapes the developing personality, our children are uniquely prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.