Education through the eyes of a child: MMS ‘Silent Journey and Discovery’ experience to be held March 4

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Mountaineer Montessori School will present a “Silent Journey and Discovery Experience” on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. The event is designed to give parents, educators and interested members of the public the opportunity to view and interact with a Montessori classroom through the eyes of a child.

Attendees will participate through the lens of quiet observation, gathering first impressions as a child does on his or her first day of school.

For a short time, you get to be the child

“As you take in the sensory richness and detail of the Montessori classrooms, you will experience the sense of order and sequence that so elegantly engages children who work and play within these walls,” explains Head of School Dana Gilliland, adding that “for a short time, you get to be the child.”

A discussion and refreshments will follow the “Silent Journey and Discovery Experience.” Complimentary child care is available with a reservation. For more information, contact Beth George at 304/342-7870.

Why choose Montessori?

“As parents, we choose Montessori for our child for a long list of reasons,” explains Gilliland. “There is the development of independence and health self-esteem, which evolves so naturally in a Montessori community; the foundation in academic subjects like math and language, which are introduced at the child’s level of ability and interest; and the opportunity for your child to socialize with peers and for you to meet other families who share you conscious parenting values,” she says.

“But have you ever wondered what Montessori looks like through the eyes of a child?  This is a special chance to find out,” Gilliland says.

Why Mountaineer Montessori?

Located at 308 20th Street in Charleston’s Kanawha City neighborhood, MMS currently provides a full academic and cultural curriculum to 100 students ages 3 through 12 in an authentic Montessori environment. The school is expanding to add a middle school and second junior elementary classroom this fall.

All MMS lead faculty members are fully certified by the Association Montessori Internationale or the American Montessori Society, the two most recognized Montessori teacher training programs worldwide. In addition to an approved academic program, MMS offers an on-site learning specialist; physical education at the University of Charleston pool and gymnasium; computer skills and coding workshops at its Apple computer lab; Spanish lessons; professionally-led art classes; formal vocal and instrumental music programs; and Montessori-based after-school and summer programs.

Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and most well-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since it opening its doors.

For more information, call 304/342-7870.