In between covering crime and political hearing, Aline Barros, a reporter for the Silver Spring Gazette took time to visit Evergreen School. She learned about our history, our Montessori program and plans for our 50th anniversary. Like many adults, Aline didn’t never imagined how much learning, concentration and growth can take place in a student-centered, loving classroom. A link to her article is below…
“Students at Evergreen School in Silver Spring are making time to celebrate their school’s 50th anniversary between cooking classes, music sessions, Spanish classes, and library period…” Read more of Aline’s article article here
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.