One of the main tenets of the Montessori philosophy is following the child, wherever their imagination and interests may lead. Every other year, the elementary ages (1st-5th grade) are asked to participate in an Interest Fair. This allows the child to delve into their passions and interests, and share their knowledge with friends, family, and peers. The project allows the child to ignite the imagination and vigor for knowledge that is essential to learning, especially in this age of technology where information is at our fingertips. As parents and teachers, it is important to foster this love of learning and utilize our resources to the child’s advantage. The search for, and discovery of, information can be the key to future learning.
The Interest Fair is intended to be a sharing of knowledge, and passions, so we hope many of you were able to enjoy this time with your child, observing their excitement for learning and discovery, and possibly learning new information for yourself. Maria Montessori states, “We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.” (Education for a New World, p. 69) and “The secret of success is found to lie in the right use of imagination in awakening interest, and the stimulation of seeds of interest already sown by attractive literary and pictorial material, but all correlated to a central idea, of greatly ennobling inspiration – the Cosmic Plan in which all, consciously or unconsciously, serve the Great Purpose of Life.” (To Educate the Human Potential, p. 3)
Written by Samantha Morgan
Please enjoy the following photos of all the diverse projects of this year’s Interest Fair, which was held on February 8, 2017. Photos are from students in Michelle, Amy, Devon, Julia and Vicki’s classes.
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