A Montessori Moment of Historic Proportions
I love this time of year! The weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to turn colors, and our elementary students present a living Timeline of Historical Figures. In early October, elementary students choose a historical figure to research and “become” for a day. The Timeline event begins with 1st-6th grade students coming to school in character costume, lining up in chronological order, and stepping up to a microphone to introduce themselves as their historical figure in front of a large crowd of parents and grandparents. After everyone has been introduced, children, parents, and grandparents return to classrooms where the children share their research in more detail. Following classroom presentations, some of the classes visit the Early Childhood classrooms.
This year’s timeline spanned the 13th century BCE through present day; it began with King Tut and ended with Sergey Brin. Our children so inspire me! I never cease to be profoundly moved as I observe children who choose to be historical figures who don’t match their individual gender or ethnicity. If only the world were more like our Montessori students! Living proof of Dr. Montessori’s quote that, “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Nice to experience a sighting of hope, isn’t it?
I also want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of parent support for this event. Observable support included more than 100 parents and grandparents who attended the event, parents (Kelly Nejati, Amit Patel, Kyle Stewart, and Leon Williams) who assisted in setting up and restoring the MPR, and a group of moms (Kelly Bergstrand, Allison Butz, Samin Correa, Elizabeth Reep, Holli Jetsel, Erin Morgan, Vikoriia Hestilow, Victoria Liguez, Mary Ann Heugatter, and Brenna Tung) who sorted and organized the many props and costumes from Dusty’s. Heartfelt thanks to all of you as well as a sincere apology to any parent I’ve forgotten to acknowledge!