In middle and elementary school, we did things most people don’t get to experience in a lifetime. While studying anatomy, we dissected cow eyeballs and held a human brain. To get a hands-on feel for what we were learning in geology, we climbed the Kelso Sand Dunes and hiked through a series of caverns most people don’t even know exist. We acted in plays, traveled together, and kayaked for hours at CIMI [Catalina Island Marine Institute].
Beyond all of our great adventures, one simple memory from FMS has stuck with me to this day. In a small church room we had rented as a temporary classroom, Ms. Maija read to us, played guitar, sang, and counted with us in several languages during morning circle. I didn’t realize it then, but that experience really said a lot for our school, teachers, and students. In spite of not having an official campus, playground, or classroom, we were able to learn and have fun in a way that is only possible in a Montessori environment. The teachers, the Montessori materials, Ms. Maija’s stories and morning circle were all there, and I loved every bit of that class