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Montessori Center School Students Have a ‘Peak’ Experience at Yosemite

Last week, more than 60 of Montessori Center School’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students set out on a voyage spending five days at NatureBridge Institute located within the majestic Yosemite National Park.

 

As part of the school’s unique approach to educational outings, MCS Upper Elementary students (fourth through sixth grades) rotate between attending three camps during their time in the program. The students alternate between Astrocamp, Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) and NatureBridge Institute located in Yosemite, at the beginning of each school year. This has become a well-loved tradition at MCS, which the teachers and students alike look forward to.

NatureBridge Institute, located in one of nature’s greatest classrooms, Yosemite National Forest, focuses on science education giving students rich learning opportunities that cannot be obtained in a regular classroom setting. Students are provided with dynamic hands-on activities among ancient sequoias with one of earth’s most dramatic geological landscapes as their background.

Most importantly, students are given the opportunity to study human impacts on nature and learn about ways to become environmental stewards. The focus on working collaboratively in labs and during projects and games creates a great deal of team building amongst the children.

All of the camps are specifically designed to inspire students towards future success in their academic and personal growth, which is very aligned with the Montessori approach to learning.

MCS Head of School Patricia Colby has this to say about the camp experiences, “Participation in outdoor learning activities with teachers, youth workers and peers reinforces a positive attitude towards education as well as to becoming environmentally conscience citizens. We really believe these types of outings contribute greatly to the general ethos of our school community. Experiences like this stimulate and reinforce learning across many areas of the curriculum, and the use of the outdoors encourages young people to take greater responsibility for their own learning and acquisition of knowledge, which Montessori is a great proponent of.”

Montessori Center School, located on Fairview Avenue in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 old with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

MCS Congratulates Denise Mabardi

Thank you, Denise, for 38 years of exemplary service to Montessori Center School. MCS will be hosting a retirement party in Denise’s honor. For more information, call (805) 683-9383

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Montessori Students Pay It Forward by Donating Books to School in Costa Rica

Montessori Center School upper elementary students (children in grades 4 through 6) recently donated 70 copies of the beloved bilingual children’s book Vuela, Vuela Mariposa (Fly, Fly Butterfly) to Escuela Catie, an elementary school in Costa Rica.

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During his visit, Pedreros gifted each of the students with a donated copy of his book. In turn, the children decided they wanted to continue the cycle of giving and pay it forward. By spending student-raised funds they voted to purchase nearly 70 copies of the book for children at Escuela Catie. Each of the students then composed a letter in Spanish that was included with the books.

“There is a deep value in Montessori philosophy placed on the role education plays in the development of world peace and global understanding,” MCS Head of School Patricia Colby said. “Maria Montessori firmly believed there were universal tendencies in humans which, if properly nurtured would give rise to a more peaceful and enduring civilization. We at MCS want to nurture and uphold the belief that children can make a difference in the global community. It is our hope that experiences like this will foster a lifelong habit of civil responsibility.”

Since 1965, Montessori Center School has implemented the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching in the Santa Barbara area.

— Alyssa Morris is the admissions director for Montessori Center School.

Local Children’s Author Lee Wardlaw Visits Montessori Center School

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By Alyssa Morris, 2/4/2014

This past Tuesday Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary students (grades 4-6) received a special visit from local children’s author, Lee Wardlaw. Ms. Wardlaw is a Santa Barbara native and a highly celebrated author of over 25 books, including the wildly popular 101 Ways to Bug your….series.  MCS students began preparation for her visit in November reading several of her works and discussing her stories with library staff. The visit consisted of an introduction by Lee and culminated with a Q and A session where the students were given the opportunity to ask her well thought out questions in an intimate classroom setting.

“Santa Barbara is so fortunate to have such an abundance of authors living in our community. We believe that exposing our students to these authors and bringing them to our campus is so valuable in not only encouraging reading but also to helping children realize the creative and intellectual process of writing. It makes it really special when the author is present and standing before them. It’s the ultimate culmination,” said, Patricia Colby, MCS Head of School. Patricia went on to say, “There is a very active culture of reading at our school and this type of experience only inspires our children to love reading even more.” 

Montessori Center School, located on Fairview Avenue in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 years old with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

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