With our 50th anniversary year approaching, I’ve been digging (more literally than figuratively) through our school archives.
One conclusion: Montessori education is timeless.
It is heartwarming to see children in the ’70s working with materials that are familiar to our students today. And its an honor to carry on these traditions with our current generation of children.
As we create our a photo archive for our anniversary our alumni– even the 55 year old ones– will be able to find and tag themselves as toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Here is a look back to 1976…
Much has been made of multi-tasking. It’s a busy world, we know. So the more you can do at once, the better off you are, right?
Take a moment (if you have one) to consider the power of concentration. In Montessori education, concentrated effort is essential. Once children have begun to concentrate they become completely transformed… calmer, more intelligent and more expansive.
In a Montessori classroom, children can pursue a single line of self-focused work. The goal is full absorption. When the work is absorbing, challenging and self-directed, young children engage in deep and sustained concentration.
Have a look at concentration in a classroom… can you imagine anything deeper?
Special thanks to Dr. Angeline Lilliard for her work on Montessori and Mindfulness.
Over 250 current and alumni families, past and present faculty members of Evergreen Montessori School in Silver Spring, Maryland dedicated a new custom-designed Tree House play structure in honor of the 30-year career of Primary Division Director Marilynn Liotta. The dedication of the Tree House took place at the school’s annual Spring Festival and featured a violin recital and choral concert. Guest speakers included Mrs. Lynn Pellaton who served as Head of School from 1972 to 1996.
The Tree House is all natural and was constructed from sustainably harvested Black Locust logs and Osage Orange branches. The Tree House is a permanent part of the school’s award-winning rain garden and was built by local craftsman Marcus Sims. Ms. Liotta is retiring at the end of the school year.