Follow the Child
Updated: Dec 12, 2021
For one Saturday each fall, the students show their grownups all the cool stuff they're learning, and the grownups get to ask questions, touch, and play! This usually takes place after parent-teacher conferences, the time when the children's portfolios are sent home for families to see their child’s progress and work in the Math, Language and Cultural areas of their Montessori classroom.
The children take great pride not only in their work, but in the learning environment that they help care for each day. At the beginning of the school year, the elementary students meet to discuss what needs doing, and devise a system of sharing responsibilities and chores. Depending on the age of the children, these could include things like taking out the compost, trash and recycling, feeding the chickens, folding hand towels, feeding, measuring and keeping the turtle habitat clean, or helping to care for the garden.
Unstructured time to read, explore and play outdoors is a big part of life at North Shore Montessori. We can't wait until the snow falls and we can build forts and go sledding!