From February 28th - March 5th, The Montessori Children’s Academy (MCA) celebrated Montessori Education Week within its schools and throughout the surrounding communities. More than 400 students from MCA’s Chatham, Morristown, and Short Hills campuses created artwork representing some of their favorite Montessori materials, including a replica of the Montessori Pink Tower made by using the Elementary Program’s 3D Printer. These beautiful pieces of art were showcased in displays titled “I am a Montessori Child and I Can Change the World” at the libraries of Chatham, Florham Park, Livingston, Morristown, Millburn, West Orange, and South Orange. Posters and banners decorated the local area, and children observed that “Maria Montessori is all over the town!”
Parents spent time observing their children working in the classrooms, and students demonstrated various Montessori activities in the school hallways for parents and visitors during morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times. Special classroom activities included studying the life and work of Maria Montessori, and students learned that children all around the world use the same types of materials that they work with here in their classrooms in New Jersey. Classes also explored information about Montessori’s home country of Italy. Homemade pasta and pizza lunches, as well as Italian songs and dances, enriched the week’s celebrations within the schools.
Other highlights of the week included a proclamation of Montessori Education Week by the Mayor of Morristown, Mr. Timothy Dougherty, and a proclamation and visit to our Short Hills campus from the Deputy Mayor of Millburn, Mr. Ian Mount. On behalf of the State of New Jersey, Governor Christie recognized the valuable role that Montessori schools play in providing education to young people through a letter addressed to our school. MCA was congratulated on the 109th year of Montessori education.
A grand finale Montessori celebration took place at the end of the week at Romanelli’s Pizza and Italian Eatery in Madison, NJ. MCA families, wearing MCA Spirit Wear, came together and raised over $4000 in an effort to support St. Peter’s Orphanage in Denville. MCA chose this organization as one of its 2016 service projects. We are so pleased that the MCA community worked together to provide the boys of St. Peter’s with the funds for a variety of enrichment opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to experience.
The Montessori Children’s Academy is proud to be making a positive difference within our immediate communities, within our state, and around the world. We are grateful to everyone who was involved in making this magnificent week one that will be remembered forever.
To learn more about Montessori education, and The Montessori Children’s Academy and the programs we offer, please visit our website at www.TheMontessoriChildrensAcademy.com.