Today, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Tawnya Dilling, and Montessori teaching is my passion.
It was because of my daughter that I began my Montessori journey. I began learning about the Montessori method of education when my daughter was two years old.
I took a class to learn about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). As I learned about the religious education method rooted in the Montessori philosophy, I began to get very intrigued and wanted to learn more about Maria Montessori and her method of education.
After completing a CGS course, the more I was immersed the more I wanted to know about not only CGS but also Montessori Education.
When my daughter turned three, I set up a small Montessori learning environment in our basement with a friend.
As I watched this environment come to life, I just knew it was the best fit for my daughter.
However, when my daughter was ready for first grade, I sent her to a private school.
It did not go as we had hoped. She became discouraged with reading as it was all based on external rewards versus the intrinsic motivation that she had been used to. Math also became a struggle as timed tests were introduced and my daughter caved under all the pressure that she found herself under.
She was used to learning for the pure joy of learning, and was all of a sudden thrown into a traditional setting that did not make for a good fit with her learning style.
We switched her back to Montessori teaching. While my husband and I loved the Montessori method we hated knowing that the Montessori school was not a Christian school.
It was this year that we continued to noticed that our daughter was still struggling with reading and math. We were puzzled at this point as the year progressed and we were not seeing much improvement. At the end of the year once again we decided to make a change.
We began our homeschool journey and it was over these next couple of years that we were able to finally able to figure out why there was so much struggle in her educational journey. It was a true relief for us.
At this point I had obtained full Montessori Certification and was learning how to help meet my daughter where she was as I discovered her learning style.
The idea of meeting the child where they are in the learning process has been a true game changer for my daughter. It has truly made learning enjoyable again.
Because of this, it has become my passion to help expand the way children learn and to make learning an enjoyable process in which the process is just as important as the product. This type of intrinsic motivation along with meeting my daughter’s needs where she is at (emotionally, spiritually, and educationally) has made all the difference for her.
It is what WayMaker Academy is all about.