In this section we want to share with you the latest acts and events organized by MBH.
Opening ceremony of the new center of Montessori Baby House LAS ROZAS
On September 22nd, 2021, the beloved Montessori Baby House hosted the opening ceremony of its new center in Las Rozas, Madrid.
Ms. Zheng Jingxuan, Principal of Montessori Baby House, leading the guests on a visit the new center in Las Rozas, explaining the educational philosophy of the school.
Many special guests came to the opening ceremony to congratulate them, including Ms. Marikay McCabe Chalfant, Vice President of the Spanish Montessori Association, Ms. Marisa Moya, the first person to promote positive discipline in Spain, Ms. He Shi Hua, Project Director of Centro Cultural de China en Madrid（Madrid Chinese Cultural Center), Mr. Mao Feng, Honorary President of Asociación de chinos en españa (Association of Chinese in Spain), Mr. Chen Jianxin, President of Asociación de chinos en españa, Mr. Jiang Tongguan, President of the Fujian Association in Spain, Mr. Sun Xiong, Executive Vice President of the Fujian Association in Spain, and Cantajuego, the most famous children's singing and dancing group in Spain.
Principal Zheng thanking the guests for coming
Principal Zheng said that the original intention of founding the Montessori Baby House was to provide an authentic social environment for children aged 0-6 with linguistic immersion provided by native teachers in Chinese, English, and Spanish. The school aims to let the children grow up in a loving and culturally rich environment, effectively acquiring language while developing good life habits, and receiving positive input for the formation of a positive outlook on life, values, and worldview in the future.
Some of the team at the Montessori Baby House
Since its opening, Montessori Baby House has provided services to over 300 families. These include year-round classes, summer classes, weekend classes, online classes, tutoring programs, extracurricular classes, workshops, and special events. It has been well received by parents and peers from different countries around the world and has been reported on by local media many times.
Ms. Marikay McCabe Chalfantn, Vice President of the Spanish Montessori Association, giving a speech
Ms. Marikay recalled getting to know Principal Zheng in 2016 and was moved by Zheng’s steadfast fighting on the front lines for early childhood education and recognized the difficulty of running a trilingual Montessori school. Markay expressed her desire to support Montessori Baby House to grow and help more families.
Mr. Mao Feng, Honorary President of the Association of Chinese in Spain, giving a speech
Mr. Feng spoke on using scientific research to inform early childhood education, and the importance of these three languages (Chinese, English, and Spanish) and exposure to multicultural environments in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. He affirmed the achievements of Montessori Baby House in recent years and encouraged the team to continue to move forward to benefit more families.
Mr. Chen Jianxin, President of the Association of Chinese in Spain, giving a speech
Mr. Chen Jianxin thanked Principal Zheng for starting Montessori Baby House, which is the first of its kind in the Chinese community in Spain. He expressed gratitude on behalf of his organization to parents who bring their children to learn Chinese language and culture, because in the future those who know these languages will have the tools to become successful leaders. He hopes that Montessori Baby House will be a cultural bridge between East and West.
Ms. Marisa Moya, the first person to promote Positive Discipline in Spain, giving a speech
Ms. Marisa Moya shared her excitement when she first saw Principal Zheng's notes on Positive Discipline in Chinese when Zheng studied with her as a student. She was impressed by her persistence in education and her efforts to make more people aware of this philosophy.
Ms. He Shi Hua, Project Director of Madrid Chinese Cultural Center, giving a speech
Ms. He mentioned in her speech that she met Principle Zheng many years ago and saw her vision for Montessori Baby House. Every time she saw Principal Zheng she was fighting to continue her dream despite the difficulties with the pandemic. Ms. He stated that it is a historic step to open another centre in alternative education in Spain. She is very proud, and grateful to all the team, as they are creating a beautiful childhood and future for the children.
Mr. Jiang Tongguan, President of Fujian Association in Spain, giving a speech
Mr. Jiang Tongguan, on behalf of the Fujian Association in Spain, conveyed his joy and congratulations to Montessori Baby House for their great achievement. He expressed that it was a day of celebration for Montessori Baby House and for all the Chinese community in Spain, and he is very happy to have such excellent compatriots.
Mr. Yao Yongbin, Director of Madrid Chinese Cultural Center
Director Yao Yongbin conveyed his blessings to Montessori Baby House, praising it for creating a warm, friendly space for children to grow up in, and bringing hope to us in the post-pandemic situation. Director Yao has high hopes that Montessori Baby House will continue to be a platform for spreading Chinese culture and allowing more people to learn about the profound and rich culture of China.
Video message by Ms. Adriana Negueruela Macías, UNICEF Madrid Committee
Ms. Adriana Negueruela Macías congratulated Montessori Baby House on their great success with their new venture in Las Rozas, which is a beautiful environment for the children. She was convinced that the children would be well cared for and receive a good education, and that these children will be aware of their own rights as well as the rights of children all over the world. Furthermore, she looks forward to more long-term collaboration with the school in the future and working together to create a more beautiful world for the children.
Video Message from Ms. Chen Hong, Honorary President of the Chinese Club of Spain
President Chen expressed through the video that she has watched the growth of the Montessori Baby House and understands the difficulties involved. She gave her congratulations on the beginning of a new chapter for Montessori Baby House, providing a platform for more children to learn Chinese, English and Spanish.
A toast to celebrate at the end of the ceremony
The sincere and enthusiastic speeches of the guests affirmed the achievements of Montessori Baby House in recent years and expressed their expectations for the future. All of the teachers were encouraged and motivated to continue working hard to create a brighter future. Montessori Baby House hopes to be a great companion to children as they grow up.
Montessori Baby House would like to thank the families for their long-term support and cooperation, so that our children can enjoy their childhood.