In the interest of saving fuel, money and simply going green, 4th-6th graders, guides and staff of The Montessori School in Dresher walked to EarthFest at the Temple University Ambler campus last Friday. The 4.6 mile round-trip trek demonstrated good environmental stewardship and promoted healthy exercise.
Students were delighted to visit the Philadelphia Water Department booth where Dottie Baumgarten illustrated the importance of plant growth relating to water run-off. Baumgarten teaches environmental science to TMS students one day each week. Of special interest were the student-sponsored booths. Maybe next year, TMS students will present an environmental concept of their own!
Dr Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator, founded the Montessori system of education, which embodies key learning skills identified for success in the 21st century. The Montessori method incorporates multi-age groupings of children that are directed by teachers who facilitate the concept of individualized learning. Teachers adjust their material according to each student’s mastery of academic, intellectual and social learning, thus building students’ strengths and transforming weaknesses. The Montessori School in Dresher is one of only a few Montessori schools in the greater Philadelphia area with an Upper Elementary program through 6th grade.