Huntsburg Visitors’ Day on October 2, 2017 & Open House on October 14th, 2017

Huntsburg Visitors’ Day on October 2, 2017 & Open House on October 14th, 2017

We welcome you to join us at a Visitors’ Day at our Huntsburg Campus. Our Visitors’ Days fall on the first Monday of every month except January and April when we are on winter and spring breaks. Visitors’ Days are designed for prospective students and their families. You will have the opportunity to learn about our Adolescent program and curriculum from one of our program directors, as well as take a guided tour of our campus. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up around 11:00 a.m. You may RSVP by emailing Admissions@hershey-montessori.org.  If you have questions, you are welcome to give Lakisha Wingard, Director of Admissions, a call at 440-357-0918.

Huntsburg Campus 2017-2018 Visitors’ Days Dates:

  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • May 7

Weekend Open House Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, October 14th, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 5th, 1:00-3:00 pm

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Concord Campus Open House-October 18th

Concord Campus Open House-October 18th

Every day Hershey Montessori children enter a learning environment uniquely designed to exactly fit their current educational, social, and intrinsic needs. Join us for an Open House on October 18 at our Concord Campus. Get an overview of our Birth through 6th Grade programs and observe our classrooms.  Find out how Hershey’s classrooms at the Concord Campus have been created specifically to engage children from infancy through the elementary years. The Concord Campus, nestled on a 13-acre parcel of wooded land, embodies a homelike atmosphere with plenty of space for outside activities and care of the environment both indoor and outdoor. All-day programs are offered to children from 12 months to 12 years. To RSVP please fill out the registration form, call 440-357-0918, or email Admissions@Hershey-Montessori.org.

You can learn more about the entire Admissions Process here.

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Concord Open House on July, 3, 2017

Concord Open House on July, 3, 2017

Every day Hershey Montessori children enter a learning environment uniquely designed to exactly fit their current educational, social, and intrinsic needs. Join us for an Open House on July 3rd at our Concord Campus. Get an overview of our Birth-6th Grade programs and interact with the same materials Hershey Montessori children learn from every day.  Find out how Hershey’s classrooms at the Concord Campus have been created specifically to engage children from infancy through the elementary years. The Concord Campus, nestled on a 13-acre parcel of wooded land, embodies a home-like atmosphere with plenty of space for outside activities and care of the environment both indoor and outdoor. All-day programs are offered to children from 12 months to 12 years. RSVP Admissions@Hershey-Montessori.org or call 440-357-0918.

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

 

Spring HersheyWear Sale

Spring HersheyWear Sale

HersheyWear has arrived! An extended collection of all new apparel items for the entire family including your favorite brands such as Under Armour, Badger and Holloway!  Please follow the link for sportsnsports website via the following link: http://bit.ly/2p981Ep. This merchandise will only be available for purchase until May 17th, so be sure to get your order in with time to spare!  All orders will be produced at once and we estimate delivery to the school around May 31st for distribution.  Don’t miss out on your chance to get decked out in HersheyWear! The next opportunity to purchase HersheyWear will be this fall.