September 25, 2015
News and Updates from FSMA
"Maria Montessori really got everything right..." How interesting that present day doctors/scientists/teachers think this? The author of the above quote, Dr. Steven Hughes, will be in Delaware to present some of his findings on how Montessori education "builds a better brain." This seminar is open to the public so bring any friends or family that are interested in learning more about Montessori.
Where: Wilmington Montessori School (1400 Harvey Road)
When: Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
To reserve a space, call 302-475-0555
Peace, Love, FSMA
In all FSMA classrooms, conversations about peace were abundant on Monday. Classrooms researched famous peacemakers, marched around the school singing songs of peace, and talked about what peace means to each of us. The flags you see here were inspired by Tibetan Peace Flags and flew out front of our school all week. Peace education is something we will focus on all year as it is an important part of a Montessori school.
At FSMA, a daily message, written by the teacher for the class and highlighting one aspect of the learning day ahead, welcomes children into the classroom. This simple but highly effective technique sets the tone for the day and reinforces academic skills. Teachers in different classrooms use daily messages in various ways but it is present in all grade levels. Imagine receiving a letter from your teacher every morning.... very powerful!
On Wednesday, five FSMA teachers (our CCSS Guiding Team) attended a workshop on the Common Core State Standards. Their focus is on aligning Montessori and the new language arts and math standards. This team meets throughout the year and works with the Department of Education. As they learn new concepts, they present them to the staff so that we can all benefit. This is something that is having a great impact on our teaching and thus on our students!
Peace, Love, FSMA
Ways You Can Give to FSMA:
Sponsors/Donations still needed for the Camp Tockwogh trip. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please let us know. Any and all donations are appreciated!
Purchase a Leaf: Another round of Leaf Orders is being submitted in October. Please send in your order form by Friday if you would like to have your name permanently on the FSMA tree!
Ways FSMA Gives to Others:
Do you have a local company that FSMA can provide a service for? Our students are always looking for "service learning projects" and would like to find new ways to support our local community.
Did you know FSMA currently gives breakfast and lunch leftovers to a local dining hall? It is an easy way for us to help the community. This idea came from a parent... if you have another idea like this, let us know!