Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert, discusses how we need to revamp our educational paradigms for the 21st century.
Montessori advocate Trevor Eissler claims that “Superwoman Was Already Here,” and her name was Dr. Maria Montessori.
Montessori advocate Trevor Eissler illustrates how Montessori creates a special “light in their eyes.”
Have you seen the popular documentaries Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere? Both films address the public school system and its perceived shortcomings — one discusses unions and bureaucracies, while the other takes aim at the high-pressure tests/grades/homework culture.
Of course, every large-scale system has its weak and strong points, and its always good to look at ways to improve. Trevor Eissler, a longtime Montessori parent and advocate, has created a series of videos about how the Montessori approach can help solve some of these endemic issues. In one, he asserts that “Superwoman Was Already Here.” Check it out and see if you agree.
Last week, the students at Foothills Montessori School held their first mock election on Tuesday, November 6. The PTO set up an election booth in the amphitheater so students could vote in privacy. After exiting the polls they received an “I VOTED” sticker to wear with pride.
The primary students were able to vote for their favorite color of M&Ms, while the elementary and middle school students had a chance to vote for their choice for President. The red M&M won by a landslide but the Presidential race was a little tighter.
It was a wonderful opportunity for these young voices to be heard and feel that their opinion matters! Long live red M&Ms!
Last week, the classrooms at Foothills Montessori School were transformed into regions from all over the world for our 12th annual International Children’s Day (ICD). The children dressed up in traditional costumes representing diverse cultures and had their passports stamped as they traveled to Germany, India, Bolivia, China, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Austria, and throughout the United States.
We learned all about the rich heritage, history, geography and traditions of these places while sampling regional cuisine and playing interesting educational games.
We would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the parent volunteers who helped set up, clean up, and create such an unforgettable journey for our students. We loved getting a taste and glimpse of what the wide world has to offer!
For TONS of amazing pictures and more ICD stories, visit Classroom News (FMS Parents only).
Erica Sherlock, Grade Level Head and Middle School Teacher of Math, Science and History has been chosen to be featured as our first Staff Spotlight. Congratulations Erica!
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Last week the Lower Elementary classes went on a fun- and sun-filled field trip to Gilcrease Orchard, 60 acres of fruits, vegetables and good old-fashioned dirt right here in Las Vegas.
Vickie Winkel, Head Teacher from E2, reports:
“We had such a great time on this field trip! We had the chance to pick Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. We were pulled around the farm by a big tractor — what a great hayride! We stopped halfway through the ride and did a “hay bale” maze — the kids loved it! We also visited the refrigeration room where they store the things they grow on the farm, learned about the compost piles and visited the cider press room.”
For tons of adorable pictures, make sure to check out the Classroom News (for FMS Parents only).
Of course, Lower El doesn’t get to have all the fun! This week, Upper Elementary is having the times of their lives, learning all about marine biology at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). The last we heard, they successfully landed on the island and are now happily exploring the institute as well as the ocean depths — we recently received a picture of a freshly caught eel! Next week, watch for a report from Amy Sandqvist with more details.
Tim Seldin, the president of the Montessori Foundation, discusses the question “What do children really get out of a Montessori education?”
[callout1]”What children get out of Montessori is an incredible sense of self worth … it gives children a sense of joy, a sense of celebration … [the ability to] think for themselves.”[/callout1]