Wildwood Montessori started out as a tiny home-school in the idyllic West Pennine Moors of Lancashire, UK. Days were spent making maps and playing violins on Holcombe Hill; sometimes watching veils of rains nursing the hills of Derbyshire, other times squidging winberries to make fabric dyes or just laying down and experiencing the volume of seasonal nature, time and space.
Soon, other families were eager to join us, and some even trusted us with their ‘special’ children who were failing to thrive – or not reaching the potential their parents knew was there – at regular schools. There is a saying that parents are children’s first and best teachers, and I believe this.
A big step up came when I was asked to write an Expert Witness report involving an incident with a child with special needs. Things have grown apace and now this is a regular part of Wildwood’s work.
A big highlight was being awarded the inaugural ‘Montessori Special Award’ – amazing, out of all the Montessori teachers in the UK!
Soon I was writing for the special education pages of many publications, and also standalone booklets including ‘Montessori Meets the Early Learning Goals’ and the 2007 ‘Montessori Centenary Supplement’.
Enough for now ….
Keep safe and well,