Peace & Climate Action Education Happening Today & Everyday at MdMCS!
Our Upper Elementary students act as global citizens through participation in the Montessori Model United Nations program.
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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.
Join us for a delicious and inspiring international feast prepared by Chef Carolen Barrett and Montessori Model United Nations student delegates. This fundraiser dinner supports the Montessori Model United Nations students and their trip to the conference in New York City. Guests will learn more about Montessori del Mar Community School and the Montessori Model United Nations program and experience.
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There are many ways to support MdMCS. You can donate now through our Paypal link or purchase a Christmas Tree at our annual sale. Any way you donate, your support helps MdMCS continue to offer reduced tuition for eligible students and provide a high quality Montessori program on the Coast.
Donations are tax-deductible.
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!
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.