Hershey Alumni

Wherever You Go, You'll Never Be Far From Your Home at Hershey Montessori

We’ll never forget the time you spent with us at Hershey Montessori, and the school will always be a place you can come visit, reconnect with a guide or catch up with former classmates.  Let us know where you are these days, and of any significant developments in your life. We would love to share this information with your fellow alumni through our newsletter. Fill out the Hershey Montessori School Alumni Questionnaire to add your name to our mailing list and update your address.

Your alumni contact is Makella (Slavick) Webster, Class of 2003, at mwebster@hershey-montessori.org.

Alumni Web Site

Visit the Hershey Montessori alumni web site for the latest news and events, or contact our alumni coordinator to reconnect.

Email Makella Webster at mwebster@hershey-montessori.org

Alumni on Social Media

Stay connected with your classmates on social! Join our Hershey Montessori Alumni Groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Breaking New Ground

On May 12th, 2016, Hershey Montessori School celebrated the groundbreaking of a new building at the Huntsburg Campus that will house the completion of the Upper School. “Every time Hershey Montessori School has expanded their programming, it’s because the students...
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Welcome to #HersheyAlumni Week

My name is Makella and I am the Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator. From age three to fourteen (1993 to 2003), I had the joy of attending Hershey Montessori School. My time at Hershey Montessori School impacted me in so many ways and it continues to...
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Why Are There No Desks?

When we were students at Hershey Montessori School, we had the opportunity to learn and work in classrooms that did not have stationary desks. We could sit at tables with friends, we could sit on the floor to work (some lessons required it!), and if we had a lesson...
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Community Reflections Part 2

In honor of Montessori Education Week, honoring the sense of community that was fostered in us as Montessori students is important. Many people go about their lives looking inward, asking questions like ‘How can I help me?’ ‘Is this going to benefit me?’ ‘What can I...
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Reflection and Update from Jake Hines

Since attending Hershey Montessori School I have reminisced many times about all the incredible experiences I had there. Even now, as I sit hundreds of miles away surrounded by the warmth of a Florida winter, I can remember in the most vivid detail the lessons and...
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Montessori Education Week and Community

This week, (February 26 through March 3), is Montessori Education Week – celebrating the 110-year anniversary of Montessori Education! Hershey Montessori School started almost forty years ago, in 1978 as a rental space with eight students. Today, there are 271...
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Montessori Around the World and Through Time

It’s Montessori Education Week celebrating the 110-year anniversary of Montessori Education! One of the amazing things about Montessori education is that the pedagogy can be replicated all over the world, throughout time and is still successful at educating the whole...
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Reflection and Update from Katie Vadakin

My name is Katie Vadakin, and I grew up in the Hershey community from 18 months old to 14 years old (1997-2010), however, Hershey continues to be a part of me today. I am currently in my third year at Bentley University, a business-centered university in Boston....
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This Material’s Purpose: the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair

As the Alumni Coordinator, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to speak with alumni about their favorite memories and the lessons that have stayed with them through their lives. It is a joy to re-live some of those experiences while looking through photos of...
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Alumni Week

Have you wondered how Hershey Montessori School alumni and former students are doing? The week of January 23, 2017 will be Alumni Week and will have a special alumni focus online.  We will be posting alumni updates, memories, blogs, photos and more.  Don’t miss out!...
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Life After Hershey: An Alumni Blog

This Material’s Purpose: the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair

This Material’s Purpose: the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair

As the Alumni Coordinator, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to speak with alumni about their favorite memories and the lessons that have stayed with them through their lives. It is a joy to re-live some of those experiences while looking through photos of former students working in the classrooms. Let’s take a look at some of the work and materials we used and how those translated into lessons we learned later in our academic careers and lives! A variety of resources are being used to collect information to share with you (infomontessori.com, American Montessori Internationale, Montessori 101 to list a few). These posts will be called ‘This Material’s Purpose.’ Today, let’s look at two of the most memorable materials for a Montessorian, and those are the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair.

There were many reasons why we learned how to use and put together the Pink Tower when we were in Children’s House. It is sensorial work, which helped us classify what was around us, ultimately helping us with organization and adaptation to our environment. It showed us the difference between something large (the bottom blocks), and small (the top blocks), and also to learn the language of comparison. It helped us with motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and it even planted the seeds for mathematics lessons that we would learn later. The smallest block is 1cm cubed and they get larger by 1cm cubed up to the largest block which is 10cm cubed. This helped us spatially see the mathematical relationship of the blocks.

(Photo: Hershey Montessori School student putting together the Pink Tower)

 

The Brown Stair was also taught to us for many of the same reasons as the Pink Tower. Each of the ‘stairs’ or the rectangular blocks called ‘prisms’ are 20cm long, but the heights grow incrementally larger with the smallest stair’s height being 1cm by 1cm, and increasing in size to 10cm by 10cm. These materials helped us to understand thickness and recognize the differences in weight between the sizes. Like the Pink Tower, the Brown Stair helped us see relationship and a visual understanding of objects getting incrementally thinner and thicker. Another purpose for these two martials is called “materialized abstractions” – the sensorial materials help bring concepts that were abstract into the concrete.

Something very important to Dr. Montessori was that all of the materials handled by children were aesthetically pleasing. It was important because the materials needed to be desirable by us so we would want to touch them and learn more about them. As children, we needed to be able to feel and hold things to get a better understanding of them so all of the sensorial materials were of quality materials, pleasing to the eye and touch, and easy to manipulate. Dr. Montessori said, “He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”

(Photo: Dr. Montessori working with a young child)

 

Is there a Montessori material you’d like to learn more about? Please comment below or email me at mwebster@hershey-montessori.org.

Thank you for reading!

Makella Webster, Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator

 

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