We've recently been making some changes at nido. Before any decision-making, we like to review our guiding principles to ensure that any decision we make is in line with our intentions for nido. We thought we'd share them here so that you can know what drives us on a day-to-day basis.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” Maria Montessori
We believe in treating children with the same respect that we treat adults. This means modeling the Montessori principles of “grace and courtesy,” and in turn, teaching children how to respect each other. We also respect the often undervalued work of our teachers and are firmly committed to compensating their skill and hard work with a living wage. We respect our members’ unique needs and strive to include our members in our decision-making process.
“The first organ to appear is the heart… the inner drama in a baby’s life is a drama of love… Love in its widest sense is the sole great reality, which evolves in the hidden recesses of the soul and from time to time fills it wholly” Maria Montessori
We believe that every parent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her work without sacrificing closeness with their child. We honor the role of healthy attachment between parent and child and understand the benefits of a secure attachment later in life. By providing parents and children access to each other throughout the workday, families can also nurture a healthy attachment by demonstrating to children that, although it’s scary at first, parents always return at the end of the work day.
Pleasure in purposeful activity
“No one who has ever done anything great or successful has ever done it simply because he was attracted by what we call a ‘reward’ or by the fear of what we call punishment… Every victory and every advance in human progress comes from some inner compulsion.” Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori learned through observation (and was later validated by empirical research) that children find delight and meaning when allowed to engage in purposeful work. Many of the behaviors that we see as “naughty” begin to disappear when children find a flow state of work. Flow state is a loss of self-consciousness and a joy in becoming voluntarily immersed in a work that we find challenging and stimulating. Most adults know it well, and we recognize it in children. A growing body of research indicates that engagement in flow state increases general happiness, well-being, self-esteem, and performance. (Source)
“The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience ‘work’.” Maria Montessori
In Montessori education, the environment is integral to the child’s experience. We believe the same is true for adults. We strive to create a beautiful work environment that balances freedom and order and encourages a flow state. By implementing a co-op model, was ask our families to become actively involved in caring for the shared environment at nido.
“ In a collaborative atmosphere, children are not envious of each other’s accomplishments; rather, they admire and praise each other for something well done.” Maria Montessori
In the same manner that children are taught to help each other in the classroom, we believe that by building each other up and providing educational and support opportunities to our members, we all benefit. We do this by encouraging members to host community events here at nido and by offering our members educational opportunities to grow their businesses. Our co-op model exists primarily to foster community involvement and investment in this village we are creating together. We include our members in the decision-making process and want our members to lead the way in creating the community that they want to be a part of.
We truly believe that we need a village. Our children make strong connections with each other here at nido, and learn important social skills through interacting with other children. Similarly, coworking spaces have been shown to increase productivity and idea generation through a shared working environment. More importantly, our families have found friendships and emotional support here at nido.
"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war." Maria Montessori
We believe that what we are doing at nido is bigger than just a business. We believe that the current structure of the work force does not meet the needs of the modern family structure. Parents are forced to choose between their work and their families. Rather than sacrificing our own families’ needs, we believe in creating a new, better option for working parents. Where women can contribute their vast talent, education, and skill to the workforce, and fathers can be as present in parenthood as they choose. And by educating our children in this environment, we can pass these values on to a new generation.