In the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School programs, students have been discussing their views on social justice and injustice. The Village School was honored to have one of the grandparents of a Village School student visit and discuss her experience as a hidden child. The survivor discussed what it was like through her young eyes and then took time to answer questions posed by the audience such as “Was there a risk in hiding?”, “What about your parents?”, “What was your fondest memory?”. All of these questions provided a solid foundation for the speaker to discuss her memories. She stated that the women who had brought her to the farmhouse in which she was hidden for 1 year had offered sugar and flour in exchange for her doll. She held onto this doll to keep her safe. She also brought artifacts which the students were able to pass around. It was an honor to have her present and speak to the students about her experience.
End of the Year Celebration
Each year the elementary students partake in an “end of the year” celebration with the rest of the school in the Project Room. This celebration includes Kindergarten to 8th year students. Montessori three year periods teach the students how to be the leaders and provide lessons and assistance to those whom are younger. The older students are seen as the role models for their younger peers. In this instance, the middle school students assisted the younger levels by preparing the room, hosting and cooking and serving the food. The tables are set up so that the Kindergarteners can enjoy their meal and dessert followed by educational activities held within the Project Room. Lower and Upper Elementary students visited as well and took their plates back to enjoy in their classrooms. Thank you Middle School!
Presentation on Diwali
Amy Dalal, parent of LE student Pranav, volunteered to come in on October 29th to give presentations on Diwali throughout the day to students from Primary through Upper Elementary. She shared the story of Diwali and explained the different customs used to celebrate this holiday. Her daughter, Yamini, even presented a traditional dance! It was a beautiful presentation enjoyed by all and one that enriched our already robust Montessori cultural curriculum. As always, we welcome other parents to share their talents and culture with the school.
Author in Action
Peter Brown author, illustrator, and New Jersey Native brought his books to life for the Village School. Students got a glimpse at how he creates each story and the characters impressions from the authors perspective. Primary through Middle school were given the opportunity to hear about some of his stories and see a character illustrated in person. The author tailored each of the three presentations for each level. Primary students study various authors during the months while Lower Elementary studied Peter Brown as one of their author study units while focusing on illustrations. Hearing from a real author also complimented the middle school writing program and is in the process of writing their own autobiographies and novels! Upper elementary students read both Peter Brown’s Wild Robot books. All levels made a solid connection to Peter Brown.