Last week, the students at Kenai Montessori celebrated Earth Week by helping clean up the school yard and flower beds. They also planted flower and vegetable seeds in their greenhouses, started a compost bin and studied conservation and recycling. To further their Earth Day studies, the children went on a field trip to Homer and visited the Alaska Oceans and Islands Center, which hosted a special Earth Day celebration. The children also visited the Pratt Museum, which has an exhibit about oil spills and how they affect the environment. While in Homer the children were also given a scavenger hunt list of items to find and bring to class to study this week.
The class has a new Montessori sister school in Pittsburgh. Last week, the Pittsburgh Montessori School sent Kenai Montessori School an information package about its area for the children to study, so this week Kenai students will put together and send an information package with pictures and facts about Alaska.
Kenai Montessori students also are participating in the Flat Stanley project with many Montessori schools from all around the world. This is an excellent opportunity for young children to learn about culture and history.
For more information about Kenai Montessori School or Maria Montessori's teaching methods, visit the school Web site at www.kenaimontessori.com.
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