One day in 2007 my three-year-old daughter Cyan joined a Montessori children’s house. In a matter of weeks she became self-reliant in most daily necessities, choosing independently from a variety of choices . When more and more of such abilities became apparent, and when I realized that only some of them were encouraged by me as a parent, I decided to look into the Montessori Method in more detail. Ever since then my passion for Montessori philosophy has been only increasing and in September 2010 I reached a necessary point where the need to share this beautiful way of supporting the Child on his way to self-formation made it possible for me to open the Vilnius Montessori pre-School.
Having a university degree in teaching English, and having worked with children of varying ages in the past, I knew the task ahead of me was challenging. However, what kept me going was the knowledge that there was a great mystery to be discovered in each individual child. Within time, observing and interpreting that mystery turned into a self-creating element for my own personality with my biggest teacher being – the Child.
Montessori philosophy is a thorough observation of every human character that is unique. As the founder of the VMS I strive to create a system for the Child to grow up to be free and, at the same time, accept guiding and authority. My every day endeavors also revolve around carving the VMS internal work policies and values into a framework, which will stay in the Child’s habits and memory as an inspiration to become a life-long learner.
I consider the opportunity to positively influence early childhood years of each Child who joins our school a privilege. I feel even more fortunate to be able to work in a profession, which makes fatigue and disappointment impossible. However, the biggest benefit and satisfaction I am blessed with in my experience of working at the Vilnius Montessori pre-School is the possibility to grow as a parent for all of my three children. They made it so meaningful to place in my heart the many aspects of the holistic Montessori philosophy, as I practice it.