Gabriella Adiwinata, Ms
What makes Shining Light Montessori School special is not our facilities; what makes us unique is our goals, philosophy and priorities.
Our school is not just another business. Rather than a focus on expanding the business and increasing the profits, our priority remains focused where it belongs -- on our young students. Educating young children is so much more important than selling any “product”. Our parents have felt this difference, and feel that they are part of our Shining Light family. Our teachers have noticed the difference as well.
We keep smaller groups in order that children are able to receive plenty of adult attention. Our students are not numbers in a large institution - they are valued members of our Shining Light community. My goal has always been to create a close-knit Montessori school that is inclusive, provides high-quality early education that is just right for each child, and most importantly, where each decision is based on what is right for the students. I’m proud to say that after more than seven years, that remains our way of doing things. Our families matter. Our students matter. And they can feel that they matter!
In a proper Montessori program, the learning is mostly student-led. Activities are available that help students to master academic and non-academic skills (from fine motor skills, concentration and independence, to learning numbers and letter sounds, to learning large number arithmetic, multiplication and division, reading, spelling and writing). The classroom is an open buffet where children will be invited to try a variety of activities as they are ready.
Because the activities are hands-on, the children truly understand rather than learning by rote. Each activity builds on a previous one, so that the child is always well prepared for the next small challenge; confidence and self esteem soar as children reach their own potential. It’s not all about sticker rewards — it’s about the children recognizing their own accomplishments and feeling good about them, which in turn encourages them to want to learn more.
Children reaching their own potential and creating within themselves an eagerness to learn is its own reward. Also, we have seen that it prepares the children extremely well for grade 1 and beyond.
It's all in our name -- Shining Light Montessori students are here to Let Their Lights Shine!