Elementary's Heritage Fair 2018


















Last week, our Elementary students creatively displayed their family’s roots at their Heritage Fair. The event showcased our students and families histories with unique displays throughout the gymnasium.After working on these histories for two months with the help of parents, grandparents, elders, teachers, and staff, the students were eager to share and present their gathered information as well as learn about their peers in a new way. Upper Elementary students also created timelines of many staff members. Upper Elementary students interviewed various staff and cleverly created beautiful displays highlighting these members of MCS. Prior to the fair, Upper Elementary also hosted a Pizza Parlor where students and families could enjoy a meal together before touring the displays in the gymnasium. This was a a great success and we thank all those families who participated in and supported our Upper Elementary students in this endeavor. Many photos of this event can be found on Montessori Compass.
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Montessori for Elementary: Why Our Students Thrive







Trevor EisslerMontessori MadnessMontessori elementary classrooms are fundamentally different from traditional elementary school rooms. In fact, they are so different that it can be hard to understand how they work, and why they are so great at helping children thrive.While it would be easy to write volumes about this topic (and some have: read Paula Polk Lillard’s book,Montessori Today, if you want a detailed description of the Montessori elementary classroom), here are five key differences, and how they matter to your child’s success.Teachers are guides, not lecturers. They individualize instruction to keep each child optimally challenged. In traditional elementary education, much instruction happens at an all-class level; students generally move through the same curriculum at the same pace. This is more true now then ever, as mandatory standardized testing forces teachers to ensure that all students meet common minimum standards. This approach by definition fails to optimally challenge most of the students, most...
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