On a designated Saturday morning in November, Montessori School parents, children, staff, and alumni gather to care for our school grounds. Over the years, in addition to planting bulbs and preparing garden beds for winter, we’ve built simple stone walls, helped construct our play yard and worked on our brick labyrinth.
This is a fun, meaningful and physically robust way for us to gather as a community and work together. In addition to the joy of sharing work for our school we love, many dollars in maintenance fees are saved thanks to the children and parents and their brushes, rakes, hoes and heartiness.
Each month, Montessori students gather to share aspects of classroom work. This can include musical presentations, poetry, original stories, skits, research projects and joys of new languages learned.
These Gatherings are a wonderful way for the children to come together with their extended Montessori community and also offer natural and comfortable opportunities for informal "performance," for practicing audience attention and offering admiration and respect to all.
- As they grow, the desire to offer other kinds of service begins to grow as well.
- Acts of kindness within the school lead naturally to extensions beyond our walls.
- Over the years, our community has participated in an abundance of child-inspired and outreach initiatives.
- Meaningful outreach experience gives our children opportunities to become constructive, compassionate participants in the well-being of others.