MMS celebrates the eclipse

Mountaineer Montessori School is presenting a series of special education activities to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, August 21.

Elementary and middle school students will take part in an all-school eclipse viewing event on Monday afternoon at Triana Field.

Leading up to the event, all students in primary through eighth year will participate in astronomy projects and lessons led by MMS faculty and experts including Dr. Emily Beal, who holds a dual degree PhD in geosciences and astrobiology from Penn State University.

The timing of the eclipse dovetails perfectly with astronomy lessons which kick off elementary studies each fall. The Montessori elementary curriculum is under-girded by the “Five Great Lessons,” which tell a sweeping story of our universe, our planet and the people and animals who make Earth their home. Each year begins with the “First Great Lesson,” which tells the story of the universe.

“The Great Lessons are an important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum. These lessons are bold, exciting, and are designed to awaken a child’s imagination and curiosity. The child should be struck with the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas, and awed by the inventiveness and innovation that is part of the human spirit.” Montessori for Everyone.

MMS eclipse lessons even include art activities, such as these commemorative tee-shirts by lower elementary students!