“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”
- Maria Montessori
Upper Elementary students (ages 9-11) at Thevenet Montessori School are using the “Peace Flower” pictured below, to learn about the connectedness of all life and each person’s and community’s influential call to care for humanity and wildlife.
Montessori lessons and materials are designed to build a child’s confidence as he or she engages academic and practical life challenges, as well as social change. The Montessori teacher acts as a guide in furthering the child’s self-discovery through introspection, socialization, and academic endeavors.
Food donations and clothing drives, help students realize they can change the lives of people in their community. The Upper Elementary students led a schoolwide Thanksgiving Donation drive, collecting food donations from classrooms and packaging the items for delivery.
The students begin to understand the intricate dynamic between environment and culture. Children studying ancient times connect the diverse ways of life in BCE to modern day customs. An appreciation of humankind’s global passage through time is fostered through lessons and sharing in cultural celebrations regardless of their own particular ancestry.
Students learn to identify the woodland creatures and plant life that share our school grounds. The Upper Elementary students took great pleasure in a winter long bird watch and in raising pheasants during the 2015-2016 school year. This year, students are learning about sustainability, ecosystems, pollution, agriculture, and geography as they study STEAM concepts and social studies lessons.