Montessori Education Week 2021




CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (Feb.25, 2021) — Middle School students from Mountaineer Montessori School took their learning out of the classroom this week, Montessori Education Week, for an intensive five-day session at the Maker’s Center, located on the West Side of Charleston at 602 Patrick Street. They’ve been learning from and working side by side with older volunteer teachers who lead workshops in everything from 3D printing, to floral arranging, to pyrography (wood burning).

The opportunity to form inter-generational ties and respect has been just one of the highlights of the “Inter-Session,” a break from classroom studies and an opportunity to apply their learning through hands-on activity, which is a hallmark of Montessori education.

Students will use their projects to “pay it forward.” For example, floral arrangements will be delivered to local nursing homes and other works will be shared with their international pen pals in Canada. They are also learning more about the West Side neighborhood and universal design principles.

“Telling the world we’ve seen minor miracles this week would sound corny,” says MMS Middle School Guide Sarah Halstead, “but our kids have had a week of pure bliss, valorization and skill building. They’ve had the opportunity to create without a time limit and without someone telling them ‘don’t.’ The happiness is overflowing, confidence is building and intergenerational bonds forged. Kids are asking to sit with elders and learn more. It’s wonderful.”


Media representatives are invited to visit the Maker Space and interview MMS faculty and students tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 26. Tomorrow’s activities include Arduino robotics, cake decorating, 3D printing, laser cutting and sewing. Best times are 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:45-2:15 p.m.

For more information, please contact JoEllen Zacks at, 312-622-3008 (cell-text).