We always feel so connected to the larger world when we celebrate the Lunar New Year at MCH. It has become a highly anticipated tradition for us and a bit of a rite of passage for the oldest students who lead the parade. At this year's celebration we listened to our teacher, Shana, play the erhu, sang Chinese songs and had a short presentation by the extended day students about the legend of the Chinese zodiac animals. We feel strongly about giving children a global experience through our unique world languages instruction. Participating in this holiday celebration gives our students yet another way to feel connected to places far a way from our little Minnesota town.
Happy Year of the Red Rooster!
Yes, our own MCH roosters got a special treat, too!
It's that time of year at MCH when parents of our second year students begin the decision making process for re-enrollment. We applaud and support them in this important process. It can seem like an overwhelming responsibility to choose the best class for your child. We hold a special meeting just for them at our school or online to offer guidance and explain which choice we feel is the best for our Montessori students. While not everyone can stay for the third year at our school, our hope is that those who can will do just that. It is a gift that will pay huge dividends in the child's outlook on learning. We feel so strongly about it that all of our scholarship money in the past has gone to making the third year choice an easy one for parents. As an authentic Montessori school, we are committed to the three year cycle in the classroom and to offering the best possible Montessori primary education to each child. We serve the Watcher (3 year old), the Worker (4 year old) and the Teacher (5 year old). It is both our mission and our pure delight.
Here are some of the videos we'll share at our information meetings:
Some Famous People Who Attended Montessori School as Children: Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, AMAZON.COM. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Cofounders of GOOGLE.COM. Terry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks. Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy). Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family. Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature. Actors George Clooney and Helen Hunt and musician Sean Combs.
Others with a Montessori Connection: Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States. Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher. Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author. Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher. Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school. Mister Rogers, children's TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method
"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole, which has roots in the distant past and climbs toward the infinite future." Dr. Maria Montessori