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Engaging in the World

We all grow and learn here. Students explore social and academic challenges, working to do their best while taking risks and learning from mistakes; they support and encourage others to do the same. Teachers explore and discover effective approaches to classroom learning, indoors and outdoors. Families explore and share the joys and challenges of parenting.
LMS students deepen their understanding of the world through direct experience and ongoing personal communication. Here are some examples of how LMS students engage in the world:

Using Spanish

Toddlers learn English and Spanish in their bilingual classrooms. The Children's House After-School program is also bilingual. Learning Spanish continues through middle school. Here is an elementary student skyping with children at Escuela Montessori de Valparaiso in Chile.

Partnering with a Montessori School in Puerto Rico

Every other year Middle School students travel to Nueva Escuela Juan Ponce de Leon in Puerto Rico. Students from both schools work on projects such as painting the library, establishing a flower garden in the schoolyard or sharing science experiments. This relationship begins in the lower grades of elementary until they meet each other in person as middle school students.

Model United Nations

The Montessori Model United Nations in New York is an annual event. LMS middle school students prepare from September through March to engage with other Montessori students around issues of international consequence such as climate change and global trade. Countries our students have represented over the years include Kenya, Uganda, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia. Pictured here is a middle school student from LMS speaking to her peers in the UN General Assembly.

Research Projects

Third year students in Lower Elementary research, write about and present the country of their choice in the last couple of months of the school year. They engage in the culture, history, society and economy of that country (in this case Myanmar) as they continue to learn the skills of presenting effectively.

Sharing Meaningfully

Teachers and family members share traditions that are important to them. Children assume a cultural diversity they see everyday, made more real when they learn a song, play a game, bake or cook a treat, or read a book. Parents are encouraged to work with teachers to share with and participate in the classroom.
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