For far too long in education, we’ve been working with the presumption of teaching to ensure our students get a “good job”. But what does that look like? We are preparing students for jobs that don’t even exist.
We are at a point where it is not only possible, but imperative that we facilitate learning environments that are fluid, dynamic, and relevant. None of us go outside and look at a tree and say, “that’s a tree, so that’s science” or, “the sky is blue, so that’s art.”
Our world is a beautiful, complex, and intricate tapestry of learning all in its own right. Why do we believe that we have the ability or the right to box it in behind brick walls and classroom doors in a place called school?
Integrating concepts, topics, standards and assessments is a powerful way to disrupt the typical course of events for our students and to help change the merry-go-round of “school.”
It takes what we do when we open the doors to the real world and places those same practices in our cycles of teaching and learning. So we can finally remove the brick walls and classroom doors to get at the heart of learning.
The STEAM program is intertwined with our Montessori curriculum during our work period forming an enrichment process for our students.
The morning program includes Spanish vocabulary enrichment and songs during the circle time. This is reinforced with Spanish immersion moments on the individual or group level, where children are given instructions in Spanish utilizing their known vocabulary and more throughout the day. M.I.C.H offers an optional Spanish immersion environment in our children's house Montessori programs. In Spanish immersion, both teachers speak exclusively to the children in Spanish except for their English reading and writing lessons which begin when a child is 5 years old. Our Spanish instruction is strongly rooted in Montessori principles so students learn Spanish organically, not didactically.
Developing fluency in written and spoken Spanish enables students to communicate with native Spanish speakers at home and abroad and opens up the world of Hispanic culture, from literature to art to music. Bilingualism has demonstrated cognitive, academic, and personal benefits for young students, fostering strong thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills and heightened empathy. Bilingualism is also additive: the Spanish language skills learned support competency in English. In the Montessori bilingual environment, students develop intercultural skills and gain confidence in navigating the world and life.
Spanish is the second-most natively spoken language in the world, outranking English, and one of the most important languages in international business. By 2050, the United States is estimated to become the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. It is part of the cultural fabric of our city and our state!
The yoga time is offer three days at week for a 30 minute session. Our little yogis will be dressed comfortable and in any clothing that expresses his/her authentic self.