Evening Under the Stars 2015

This year’s Evening Under the Stars was a rousing success thanks to all our wonderful families and supportive community members. You helped raise nearly $2,000 which has been distributed among our programs to purchase much needed items from our teachers’ wish lists. We will share more photos as the items arrive.

The highlight of the night, of course, was the performance by our talented (and adorable) children. They worked so hard to prepare and their sweet voices were more than ready to make the audience smile.

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Miss Crystal was very busy painting faces while the adults had time to mingle and relax. It was a bit warm but the good company, tasty food, and excellent music (thanks to our own Rob Geronimo in the DJ booth) were enough to take our minds off of that.

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We sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for showing your support. We love our Montessori families!

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Evening Under the Stars Success

Last month we held our annual fundraiser, Evening Under the Stars, and it was a huge success thanks to our wonderful MCA families.

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The children did an amazing job entertaining the crowd as they always do. We are so proud of our little stars.

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With your support of our dinner, the dessert auction, and the staff donations, we were able to raise almost $1,500 which we will be using to update some of our playground equipment and some elements of our Enrichment Program.
Photos by Julie Green

Important Dates for September

Hi MCA Families,
Back to School Night is on September 10th at 6:30. Please join us to learn more about our policies and procedures and to get a preview of what our calendar year holds for our children. This night is for the grown-ups only and we do encourage that at least one adult per family attend.
Class photos are just around the corner. Individual pictures will be taken on September 16th and 17th and class photos will be on the 16th at 10AM. If your child typically attends school on Tuesdays they will have their photos taken that day unless otherwise specified. If your child does not usually attend school on Tuesdays and you want them to be part of the class photos please be sure to have them at the school by 10AM to participate. Children who attend school on Wednesdays and makeups from any children who could not attend on Tuesdays will be photographed on Wednesday.
Our Pre-K kids will be taking a field trip to the zoo on September 26th. Permission slips will be sent home the week before and we will need Drivers’ information forms on file for any parents that will be transporting students.  Also, please pack a sack lunch that day as we will be having a picnic in the park after our time in the zoo.  All lunch items need to be disposable.  We will leave MCA at 8:30 a.m. and return by 12:30.  If you are not  driving your child, please leave your child’s car seat at the school with their name clearly marked on it.

Evening Under the Stars is on September 27th at 4:30. This is MCA’s  Annual Family Social.  We will have a catered dinner and a magnificent little concert by our MCA students.  They have already begun practicing 🙂  We will have a silent auction for some delicious homemade desserts and a few other fun activities such as our balloon raffle, and 50/50 card raffle.  This is such a fun evening for the entire family to come and meet the other families of MCA.  Tickets will go on sale soon!

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MCA students wowing the crowd at a previous performance!
We will also be sharing a lot more information on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MontessoriCountryAcademy) so be sure to go over and “Like” it.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us at montessoricountryacademy@gmail.com and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Thanks for helping make our MCA community so great!

 

 

 

Fog Willow Science Camp

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”

– Maria Montessori

Last week our advanced lesson friends got to go on a special field trip to Fog Willow Science Farm in Wilton.

The children got to interact with many animals meeting baby chicks, goats, pigs, and cows. They loved watching Miss Jenny feed a baby cow with a giant baby bottle!

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After being junior farmers for awhile, it was time to channel their inner scientists. They started out by making Oobleck and learning about liquids and solids.

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Next they watched a film canister become a rocket fueled by baking soda and vinegar. Look at those faces!

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Finally, they made little caterpillars stuffed with dirt and grass seeds. They’ll soon become green and fuzzy caterpillars!

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Thanks to the parents who came along to help and thanks to Fog Willow for making science so much fun!

Wetlands Walk

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” – Maria Montessori

Last week we had the opportunity to observe one of the many biomes we’ve been learning about on our field trip to Jack Hill Park. The children were so excited to get to be out in nature to observe the sights, sounds, and inhabitants of the wetlands.

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It was a lovely day for exploring.

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The children had field guides to give them inspiration and they enjoyed discovering different flora and fauna in this diverse ecosystem. A few older siblings were along for the walk and they happily shared with the younger ones some of the insects they found.

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One of the more interesting finds included multiple fresh water mollusks (bivalves).

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Thank you so much to all the family members who were able to join us on our adventure!

Open House

Back in February we hosted an Open House, giving our families an opportunity to see with their own eyes what MCA kids have been learning.

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Maria Montessori noted that a school carefully designed to meet the needs and interests of the child is more effective because it is consistent with basic principles of psychology. Montessori suggested that we “follow the child” and let them show us how to facilitate the development of their human potential. That is why you see our teachers not in front of the classroom, but working with one or two children at a time, presenting a new lesson, or quietly observing the children as they work.

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Open House is the perfect opportunity to let the children demonstrate their expertise in the jobs they’ve mastered during their school hours. It also lets family members gain a better understanding of how the Montessori approach works. Teachers were available to answer questions but the night was led by the children.

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We loved watching the pride and joy on the faces of both students and family members. Thanks to all who were able to share this special evening with us.

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Happy New Year!

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” – Maria Montessori

We were so excited to welcome the children back to MCA today after their winter holiday. As you look around the classroom you will see new jobs inviting the children to seek new experiences as they explore the topics of education for the month of January.

January is all about lessons on the human body. The children will learn about the parts of the human body, the senses (sight, hearing, and touch), and making healthy nutritional choices. Our history lessons will focus on New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. They will also begin mapping exercises that are not only helping the children understand how their bodies are put together but also to understand their place in the world. It’s an exciting month!

We hope you all had some family bonding time while the children were on break and we are thrilled to welcome you all back in this brand new year of possibilities. Happy 2013!

Montessori Country Academy Holiday Tea, Friday, December 21st, 2012

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Montessori method focuses on total child development including social skills, cooperation, emotional growth, and fostering positive feelings about oneself and others. Our annual Holiday Tea provides many wonderful educational opportunities. The celebration of holidays is more than just fun; it helps us mark the passage of time and seasons and provides us with an opportunity to study history, geography, and culture.

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At Montessori Country Academy, our community is one that is rich in cultural diversity. Through preparation for the Holiday Tea, the children are provided a unique and engaging experience reflecting the traditions of the families of our school as well as other cultures. The children are very busy in the weeks leading up to the Holiday Tea. They learn songs that celebrate the coming of winter, Hanukkah, and Christmas and they are taught about many other holidays around the world. They partner with teachers and parent volunteers to make holiday treats and experiment with different art projects.

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All this work pays off in the culmination of the Holiday Tea where the children get to perform for their families the songs they’ve learned and share with them the treats they baked. It is also a perfect opportunity for the MCA family to share in the loving and communal spirit of this time of year.