Wow, what a day. Our first-ever Moving Up Ceremony here at Hilltop Children`s House was a sun-drenched affair. Miss Noelle shared what it means to move up from Primary to Elementary. What changes are happening, why and how is the Elementary environment different, and what can parents do to grow with and support their new Elementary student`s development.
As the children moved up, a Primary classmate gave each of them a white rose, a symbol of farewell and of new beginnings. Then after they crossed the bridge, Mr. Tom invested each invested with their work bag, one of the main differences between Primary and Elementary. Then they were presented with a frame that has a sendoff from their Primary classmates, a welcome from their Elementary classmates, and a space for their own photo from this day.
Then Mr. Tom welcomed them and exhorted the entire class to welcome each other, work together, learn together, learn from one another, and be a great class, as we have had this year.
This was followed by a cake and bubbly reception. Sparkling cider for the kids and something more official for the parents. The Elementary kids took it upon themselves to organize a toast.
The kicker for the end of the day was when one of the new Elementary students asked his mother if he could come back to school tomorrow to get to work! She informed him that there`s no school tomorrow, it`s Saturday, and Elementary wouldn`t resume for three months. He was disappointed and asked sincerely why he had to wait three months to go to Elementary.
We have such great kids.
This was truly a great day for Montessori in Steubenville.
Good morning! On this last day of school we are preparing for our first-ever moving-up ceremony. Four children will move up from Primary to Elementary, crossing this little bridge which Mr. Tom made last night.
Our Elementary released the painted lady butterflies that we watched grow from tiny caterpillars to beautiful butterflies these last few weeks. They took a while to realize they could leave the little mesh cage that had been their happy home, but once they did, off they flew.
And just a short time later some of our kids spotted one of them flitting about the daisies our parents planted out front last fall.
Join us for delicious food and good fellowship in support of Montessori in Steubenville. The dinner will be at the Sycamore Center on June 3 from 4:30pm to 7pm. $25 per person, free for those who are already club members.
Our Elementary and Full-Day Primary kids had lunch at Pastaio Cucina in Wintersville today. We`ve been practicing table manners, appropriate conversation at meals, and how to serve yourself, take and pass food, and how properly to use our utensils throughout the year. Our wonderful server, Vincenza, was marvelous, and the food was exactly as delicious as you`d expect at a place like Pastaio. (One of our Primary students said "If heaven has food it will be like that!") Our meal ended with vanilla gelato, because we had a birthday celebration! "You all are very well-behaved. I`m very impressed!" said Vincenza at the end of the meal. After taking a group picture, our Elementary students enveloped her in a group hug. This is one school tradition we will look forward to every year. Thank you, Pastaio! #montessori #montessori #montessorikids #montessorischool #montessorieducation #finedining #tablemanners #wintersvilleohio #wintersvilleoh #montessoristeubenvilleohio...
The grammar farm is such an enticing material. The children really want to put their hands on all the animals and it takes so much self-control to keep from playing with it. But, finally, the day arrives. The first presentation!
It’s #GivingTuesday 2020. Like so many other worthy charities we are seeking your support.
We began this year in spite of COVID with twelve children. Since we do not wish ability to pay to be a barrier, seven of those twelve have received some level of tuition reduction.
As you can see in the photos below from our Instagram feed, it has been a pleasing year thus far. We have added:
a dishwashing stand where children can learn to wash and dry their own dishes after snack;
a knobs and screws work for the children to learn how to use basic tools;
aprons and oil cloth underlays to increase the number of children who can do pouring works;
some outdoor tools for raking leaves;
more books for our reading corner, among other things.
Our ask for #GivingTuesday is two-fold:
Heating and Ventilation: First, if you can give a large amount, it will help us shore up our aging heating and cooling system. Our furnace, air conditioning unit, and ductwork are very old and need to be serviced badly. Such work doesn’t fit into the regular budget, so an emergency could be catastrophic for us.
Outdoor Works: Second, we would love to provide an outdoor space where children could go to do outdoor works in a secure and well-designed yard. This requires a retaining wall and fence around the perimeter.
For those who cannot give a large amount, would you consider becoming a monthly donor? Monthly donors are the lifeblood of our operations, allowing us to plan for the future. We are looking for 20 new donors at the $20 level by the end of the year. We have nine new monthly donors, could you help us close that gap with a first $20 monthly donation?
Whatever you give, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. God bless!