The capstone speech of a student at MSE is their graduation speech. Click below to listen as the “Power of 10” articulate so beautifully their MSE experiences – from Primary to Middle School!
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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One of our core values at Montessori School of Evergreen is the understanding that powerful learning happens outside the classroom. This is demonstrated by the many experiential trips our students take in order to deeply understand the world around them, and discover the real world applications of concepts they study in school.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the trips our Middle Schoolers take – from the all-school trip every fall, to hut trips, to the United Nations trip, to spring break trips. Starting this Friday, eight Middle School students will join Katie Christensen, Middle School Head, and Meghan Phillips, Lower School Division Head on a 10-day trip to China. Students taking part in this trip have been working since the fall to learn about the culture and language as they prepare for this extraordinary experience.
If you would like to follow their adventure, you can check the blog of their student travel organization, Walking Tree Travel. All of Walking Tree’s trip blogs funnel to the same landing page, so look for the blog titled “2016 Montessori School of Evergreen China Program.” Also, check out our Facebook page where many photos from the trip have been posted!
Bon voyage to all the travelers. We eagerly await the stories of your journey!
From Toddlers to Middle School students, everyone has been busy! Take a look at all the learning that took place at MSE last week.
The Toddlers were busy with matching animals, and figuring out how things work.
Primary students were busy creating stories, working on addition and baking Irish soda bread for an “All Around the World” lunch.
Lower Elementary students worked with grammar boxes, learned coin values and matched words.
In Upper Elementary, students worked on formatting successful paragraphs. They enjoyed creating Burger Menus and brainstorming with a Burger Bash Party (choosing various ingredients to make the best burger/paragraph possible!)
And at the Middle School, the 8th year girls returned from their annual two-night hut trip while the boys worked at their Internships.
Why do 4th and 5th graders tackle such enormous problems as border disputes, displaced refugees, nuclear proliferation, toxic waste spills, and global warming? Because they can! The World Peace Game is a global-scale political simulation which immerses students in complex issues that require critical thinking, negotiation skills, collaboration, and leadership in order to solve. Each student holds an important position, including Prime Minister, cabinet members, CFOs, World Bank officers, United Nations leaders, and more. This year, in weekly game sessions over the course of six weeks, they successfully found solutions to every crisis, and raised the net worth of all four countries involved, achieving world peace.
The World Peace Game encourages students to practice higher level thinking skills, which provides experience in solving real world problems, and creates meaningful learning opportunities. Current events take on a new importance as students struggle to find solutions to very similar issues in the game. Children who may not choose to be a leader in other situations find the confidence to speak up and take a stand on issues important to them. Learning opportunities like this teach children that they have a voice and can make a significant difference in the world. It is exciting to think that these young people are our future leaders.
While many schools can’t implement this remarkable curriculum given the constraints they are under, our Montessori environment welcomes the addition of the World Peace Game as it dovetails beautifully with the values of a Montessori education. The World Peace Game is played every two years, which gives every Upper Elementary student a chance to play during their time at MSE. Facilitators are trained extensively by the creator of the World Peace Game, John Hunter.