An integral part of Montessori education is the cultural curriculum presented with an interdisciplinary approach. Specialists in the arts, physical education, foreign language, and peace studies provide our students opportunities to observe, explore, experiment and discover in fields of study that are integrated with their work in the classroom. Field trips to museums, nature centers and theaters, as well as presentations by visiting guest artists, storytellers and puppeteers occur throughout the year for all ages. Our Elementary students travel outside the school to conduct individual research assignments and projects.  Students at this upper level also take overnight trips to participate in such programs as Montessori Model United Nations in New York City. 

In the third year of Upper Elementary, students participate in Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN). In a partnership with the United Nations, students that become delegates of a selected nation. They write, present and debate issues affecting their nation with respect to real-world conflicts. By assuming the character of a citizen of their selected country, they fully develop an understanding of the needs of a people and the importance of accepting differences. This is a year-long process of classroom study where children are learning critical skills for 21st century citizenship.

  • Learn about cultures, governments and peoples of nations throughout the world.
  • Use research skills, writing skills and written and oral communications skills.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and evaluative skills.
  • Debate current global issues and world problems.
  • Practice and use leadership skills in a real life global situation.
  • Understand the need for peace and conflict resolution throughout the world while developing their own conflict resolution and debating skills.

The process ends with a three-day global education experience at the United Nations. During the conference students actively negotiate on behalf on their country learning by experience how the United Nations operates. Students internalize the importance of the UN as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization and for all involved it is a life changing experience.

Fundraising for MMUN:

Students fundraise over the course of the year in order to financially support thier trip to New York City to participate in the MMUN Confrence. There are a number of ways you can support thier fundraising efforts. 

  • Purchase Stop & Shop gift cards every Friday morning. 
  • Create delicious baked good for monthly bake sales. 
  • Purchase delicious pasta from our Pasta Heaven Fundraiser. Click HERE to download details and order form. 

 

Parent Testimonial:

“I credit Montessori with helping my child become confident as a public speaker.  All of the presentations they make, the fun performances throughout the year and the year-end play, Montessori Model UN, and of course that graduation speech that is always so impressive have helped him develop confidence and ease in front of a group.”
-Parent of an LMS graduate