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During this month of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., it is appropriate to explore how social justice fits with the work of Maria Montessori. The American Montessori Society sums up the Montessorian perspective on social justice as the "...commitment to basic human rights such as freedom, dignity, safety, equitable treatment, and a standard of living adequate for health and well-being drive the Montessori commitment to education for peace and social justice. By creating respectful, inclusive classrooms, celebrating diversity in all its forms, crossing cultural boundaries, and modeling engaged citizenry, Montessori educators nurture students who will transform the world and make it a better place for their generation and the generations that follow."
To undertake peace and social justice education requires more than culturally and historically informed Montessori teachers bringing these ideas to the classroom. It is the work of the community at large. As a staff, we will be exploring the resources linked below and we encourage families to do so as well. Some ideas for bringing social justice themes into the home include:
Build a social justice library. Look over your child’s books. Are diverse cultures and lifestyles represented authentically? Are there themes of inclusion? Do historical texts accurately depict the history of people of color? This applies to movies and shows as well.
Use teachable moments. When your child asks questions about differences in people they observe, answer their questions openly, with sensitivity, and without judgement. When your child hears a racist statement or sees an act of discrimination, talk about it.
Listen. Children often have inspiring and thoughtful ideas about the world around them. Listen when your child talks about their ideas.
Educate yourself and be aware of your biases. Be prepared for complex conversations by making the effort to gain accurate knowledge about social justice issues like colonization, slavery, racism, xenophobia, and political, social and human rights. Even climate change is linked to social justice issues!
Get out in the world. Volunteering and community service offer children a window into social inequities and a mechanism for helping others. When you travel, be open and honest about the different ways of life your child will likely observe.
Thank you to everyone who marched with us to celebrate MLK and his work!
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We are raising money to send our students to the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City. The Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) is an educational simulation of the United Nations General Assembly for upper elementary and middle schools around the world. Student "delegates" role-play as ambassadors of UN member states in hopes of resolving real-world conflicts with their own resolutions. Please help send our students to the life-changing international conference in NYC.
THE ELEMENTARY EXPERIENCE AT MDMCS
Our elementary program reflects the core principles identified by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA). These are as follows:
Integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history, and language that evokes the native imagination and abstraction of the elementary child.
Presentation of the formal scientific language of zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, etc., exposing the child to accurate, organized information and respecting the child's intelligence and interests.
The use of timelines, pictures, charts, and other visual aids to provide a linguistic and visual overview of the first principles of each discipline.
Presentation of knowledge as part of a large-scale narrative that unfolds the origins of the earth, life, human communities, and modern history, always in the context of the wholeness of life.
A mathematics curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations.
Emphasis on open-ended research and in-depth study using primary and secondary sources (no textbooks or worksheets) as well as other materials.
Montessori-trained adults who are "enlightened generalists" (teachers who are able to integrate the teaching of all subjects, not as isolated disciplines, but as part of a whole intellectual tradition).
"Going out" to make use of community resources beyond the four walls of the classroom.
The Montessori materials are a means to an end. They are intended to evoke the imagination, to aid abstraction, to generate a world view about the human task and purpose. The child works within a philosophical system asking questions about the origins of the universe, the nature of life, people and their differences, and so on. On a factual basis, interdisciplinary studies combine geological, biological, and anthropological science in the study of natural history and world ecology.
The program is made up of connective narratives that provide an inspiring overview as the organizing, integrating "Great Lessons." Great Lessons span the history of the universe from the big bang theory of the origin of the solar system, earth, and life forms to the emergence of human cultures and the rise of civilization. Aided by impressionistic charts and timelines, the child's study of detail in reference to the Great Lessons leads to awe and respect for the totality of knowledge.
Studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter but in terms of moral learning as well, resulting in appreciation and respect for life, moral empathy, and a fundamental belief in progress, the contribution of the individual, the universality of the human condition, and the meaning of true justice.
MdMCS is a non profit organization. Without the donations made by families, and funds earned through fundraising, Montessori del Mar could not operate. Over half of our students are accepted with reduced tuition. Donations are what allow us to serve a socioeconomically diverse learning community. Please help!
Nutrition Education Program
Montessori del Mar has a Nutrition Education Program that offers organic vegetarian lunch options for students and staff. There is a monthly fee collected. To register: Nutrition Program Agreement
Montessori Aligned with CA State Standards
Our program approaches the common core state standards from within the Montessori framework and with the Montessori materials.
Partnerships with Families & Community
Montessori del Mar was built on the core principles of Montessori philosophy and parent-teacher collaboration. Parents played an integral role in developing our program and participate in parent-teacher agreements that support student learning, and maintain the home-school connection by being informed about Montessori philosophy and the school's values. We are extending this spirit of collaboration to our community as we develop opportunities for our older students to serve and learn from community organizations and members.