The Albrook School--Montessori at its best
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The Albrook School is offering In-Person Campus Tours by appointment only. Our In-Person Campus Tours is located in the Our Campus section of our web. For quick access, please click on the link Our Campus. April 2021 Almanac

International Day

By Mrs. Mulvihill

International Day is a beloved tradition here at The Albrook School. It celebrates our similarities as one human race and shows the beauty of the differences in our cultures and communities. Although this year we could not perform as we usually would, the children could still bring this joy through the gift of song, music, and dance.

Interantional Day

Throughout the year, the children learned the songs and dances while having fun at our weekly group sing and music lessons in the afternoon. The preschool students learned five different folk songs and sang in six other languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Nigerian, and Russian! The Kindergarteners were dressed in traditional cultural outfits while introducing the songs as well. The cultures and customs of the different countries were discussed during class time so that the children gained a complete understanding of what it means to be from another country.

The elementary students, led by Ms. Crawford, studied the countries of Asia and each class performed a song from an Asian country. Not only did the elementary students lend their voices to the performance, but they also played recorders and even participated in a traditional dance!

Hearing the children singing together as one was perhaps more impactful this year than any other. The Albrook students have once again proven that even though we might be socially distancing with our person, there is no social distancing the spirit. Their voices, powerfully and joyfully, reached right through our computers and into our hearts and homes. We hope you enjoyed this year's International Day!

Spring Fun-raiser Class Art Projects

By Mrs. Koster

art project

Every year the children in each class work together to create a Class Art Project auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Albrook Parents Association (APA). Each project takes its inspiration from the school's yearly theme which is woven into the classroom curriculum. This year's theme is "Every Action Matters" and the classroom teachers have carefully selected books that have been read and discussed with the class as a whole. These books were then used as the inspiration for the Class Art Projects.

In collaboration with our art teacher Sra. Zarate, Ms. Karin Perrin (mother of Ines and Anna) and volunteer parents, the teachers came up with ideas for their class projects. Under the guidance of their teachers, the children all had a hand in contributing their special touch to these pieces that have resulted in truly unique and beautiful creations.

The masterpieces that the children produced will be put on display for all to see before the online auction starts. In addition to the Class Art Projects, the popular "Priceless Gifts" offered by the staff of Albrook will be auctioned as well. The APA will use all the proceeds from the online auction to help support the mission of the Albrook School supporting our children for years to come.

Black History Month

The Yeats Classroom

As part of our peace and anti-bias curriculum, the Yeats class focused on the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. We highlighted Dr. King's peaceful protests for change and how one individual can make a difference. The realities of racism and segregation were studied using age-appropriate stories that included accounts of the experience of African Americans and other people of color in the past and present.

These ideas were reduced to basic practices as we role-played what bias might look like in our classroom. "Snack is available for those with brown eyes today!" "Anyone with blonde hair may play on the soccer field." Trite, these examples might seem. However, they were one practical aspect of our approach. Indeed, our explorations of these possibilities rendered excellent discussions and increased awareness of how differences are perceived and how these can and have been exploited.

What are bias, prejudice, and racism? We continue to explore and address these issues in our community routinely. For example, in our subsequent studies, we focused on the stories of other individuals who made their mark in significant and historical ways in the quest for racial equality and equal opportunities for all. We noted the contributions of Harriet Tubman as well as Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver. Our focus also shifted to more modern figures of African American accomplishments such as Dorothy Vaughan and Misty Copeland, and Simone Biles. There were many examples of people of color that we highlighted and researched as part of our anti-bias curriculum.

Our studies are a work in progress, but that is the point! They provide a template for further exploration of the issues at hand through the Montessori curriculum, highlighting that all humans' fundamental needs are the same. A daily clarion call for Montessorians! All are equal! Yet individuals.

2021 Luna New Year: Ushering in the Year of the Ox

Year of the Ox

Dress for Success at The Albrook School

Some of our lower elementary students decided to set up a dress code for the remainder of the school year. Monday is casual dress, Tuesday is business attire, Wednesday is comfy tie-dye, Thursday is flippy shirt day, and Friday rounds off the week with another day of business attire.

When asked, "What inspired you to design this dress code?" there response was a resounding "The Musical Recital".

Two of our students enjoyed dressing up and decided to initiate a calendar for dress. They've inspired others and set a standard. Well done, young men.

Getting students involved in all aspects of their own development is what Montessori is all about. What may seem like a simple activity, actually involved collaboration, decision making, planning, agreement, and follow through. All groundwork for future projects and teamwork. This plan was conceived and executed by the students themselves. Upon completion, they were proud to share their plan with administration. The pride represented in the pictures speak volumes.

Every Action Matters in the Miro Classroom

This year The Albrook School has taken on the mantra, "Every action matters." However, explaining this to a young preschool student can be pretty interesting. We have planted seeds in the classroom and taken turns watering them and helping them grow, just as kind words and friendship help us grow. In the Miro class, we have been working on kindness and patience as our actions impact everyone and everything around us.

At the beginning of the year, we teach the children that their environment is wholly theirs, and it is part of their responsibility to take care of it. They learn that if something is out of place or spills, they can take it upon themselves to get a cleaning caddy and clean it up. It is human nature to make mistakes, but it is in how we handle those mistakes that make us who we are.

In that vein, we teach the children to take responsibility for their actions. We utilize the peace rose in our classroom to settle disagreements that arise. One child will get the peace rose from the shelf and bring it to another, stating how they feel and why they are upset. The other child then has an opportunity to respond. This starts a healthy dialogue between the children that help peacefully resolve conflicts.

As the school year has progressed, we have observed the children reaching out to each other when someone needs help. If a pencil box spills on the ground, you can hear the screech of chairs as the other children rush to help him/her pick up their belongings. They have fully embraced the mantra of, "Every action matters."

Upper Elementary Service Projects "Every Action Matters"

The Upper Elementary students were asked to create a service project in conjunction with our yearly goal, "Every Action Matters." This was quite an undertaking on their part and the hands-on experience provided an effective measure of exactly how one person's efforts can impact many. Below are some examples of the student's work and the outcome of their service project.

I am a fourth grader at The Albrook School. For my community service project, I taught some third graders how to become a better singer via Google Meet, and I did a workshop on Zoom. I did this a couple months ago, and I am very happy that I have helped people.

I made a Google slide presentation about Antarctica melting and what it looks like there right now. I also showed what the animals are having to deal with while the ice is melting. I made this at the Albrook Montessori School. My class and I were doing a project. I decided to do my subject on Antarctica and about the dangers of the ozone layer. I also did some research about the animals and their living conditions due to climate change. I made it because I want the world to be happy and healthy for the time left that I'm alive and to hopefully make the world last a few more billion, trillion, and quadrillion, quintillion years longer. I made a fundraising campaign for the A.S.F Antarctic Science Foundation and raised $2,170.

I too am an Upper Elementary student, and I did a unicycle fundraiser to raise money for the Union County Food Bank. I rode a 5k on my unicycle. I did this on February 20th 2021. I was doing a service project for a school thing. I am so happy that my Albrook teachers encouraged me to do it. I did the 5k around my neighborhood, and people sent me pledges. I raised 1,100 dollars. That makes 3,300 meals.

Expanded Programs at Albrook

Stepping Stones Plus

Spring has come and Stepping Stones Plus friends are excited about blooming flowers, flying butterflies and beautiful sunshine. We enjoy spending time outside watching daffodils in our garden and exploring nature. We love planting seeds and taking care of our indoor greenery. We also enjoy indoor activities, such as mindful lessons, yoga, and fun art projects. We enjoy music, dancing, and reading together. That helps us develop a community spirit. We develop many self-help skills and good eating habits throughout the year and we explore new things every day.

We love Stepping Stones Plus and we are looking forward to a fun-filled summer.

Preschool

It is springtime!
Expanded friends are so happy to be outdoors in our amazing playgrounds after such a long winter. Being outside has a special power of healing through nature; it helps them to develop their senses, social skills and physical movement.

Just looking at their smiling faces, makes us realize how blessed we are to be part of the Albrook family.

Elementary

The Elementary Expanded Care Program is filled with activities. We begin our session with snack, followed by 30 to 40 minutes of silent homework. Next, weather permitting it's outside time. When we are indoors we have games galore, which we rotate. The gym has been an excellent place to hold our session as we have access to lots of equipment. We even have a suggestion box for new ideas! We are eager to help, for example, we packed bags for the backpack program. You may have heard about our special snack day. On Fridays the children get toast. It may not sound like much but the children love it!

Montessori In The News

The Parent Perspective about Montessori, Introduction to Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is designed to educate the whole child, socially, emotionally, academically and physically. This style of learning creates innovative, creative thinkers from young children to adults.  It's an educational approach that is appreciated by those who have been fortunate enough to receive a Montessori education or who had parents who knew the true benefits and value of a Montessori education.

Forbes, a well known magazine, has an informative article regarding Montessori written by Justin Wasserman who is the Managing Director at Kotter International. Justin Wasserman helps leaders accelerate strategy implementation in their organizations.
Corporate Kindergarten

Montessori Madness
A video, by Trevor Eissler, informs us about why children enjoy a Montessori education. It is called "Take Five Minutes To Watch This Video," and we hope you will find it interesting.

The Montessori Mafia
By Peter Simms, reprinted from The Wall Street Journal

Google Founders Talk About Montessori

All I got out of Montessori..