Primary Students See the Globe through Continent Study Program

Studying Geography and Culture at the Primary level builds on students’ natural curiosity about the world, its people, and environments, while broadening their understanding and acceptance of the diversity on our planet. NMS engages in a school-wide continent study each semester, working its way through North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania (Australia) in a three-year period, matching a students’ time in a Primary or Elementary classroom. When the school returns to study the same continent three years later, a student will be able to build on their earlier learning experiences about that continent with broader skills and maturity! Each Primary classroom creates a bo

Lower Elementary Drama Explores Fairy Tales

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein Magic. A problem that needs solving. Good vs. Evil. Royalty. A lesson or theme. The number three—All of these elements need to be present in order to make a fairy tale. The Lower Elementary children have been learning about The Brothers Grimm and their contributions to classic fairy tales. Each child has chosen a specific character to follow throughout one story. Through improvisation and scene work, the children are working towards building specific movement choices (how does your character walk, sit, run etc), vocal choices (accents, c

How We Define “Success”

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” —Booker T. Washington There are so many ways to measure a student’s achievements and successes—tests, grades, rubrics, awards, progress reports. At some level, these are valid resources that let us know if a student is reaching developmental expectations, and if not, what type of support to consider. Yet, these are external measures, i.e., someone else tells the student what is expected and what success looks like. Just as we value seeing our students reach our expectations, it is vital that we honor the work that goes into collaborating wit

The 5 Great Lessons in Elementary

“Where did Earth come from?” “How did life on Earth begin?” “Why are humans here?” Children around the ages of 6–12 (what Maria Montessori called the Second Plane of Development) show interest in big questions. In earlier years of childhood, students experience what Montessori called “the absorbent mind,” as they are readily able to absorb information from the surrounding world. In this Second Plane of Development, children shift to “the reasoning mind,” one that must seek out and make meaning of new information. As a result, children at this stage are highly interested in understanding the world around them and their place in it. Maria Montessori took what she called a “Cosmic” approach to

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