Each April in the Casa Program, we repeat the same theme: Precious Planet – Keeping Earth Green. This theme coincides with Earth Month & Earth Day as they are celebrated and honoured throughout the world. This theme also provides a great platform for the Montessori child’s continued Cosmic Education, through which he or she learns to conceive of himself or herself as a contributing and receiving member of a greater and interconnected whole.
This month, children have been learning about the damage that humans have caused and continue to cause to our beautiful home. Conversely, they have also been learning about how the individual choices they make can lead to positive change and a brighter future for our planet and all of its residents. Earth Month ideas resonated and the children felt inspired and empowered, as evidenced by the spontaneous playground cleanups that ensued and their enthusiasm to choose theme-related work from the shelves and take part in Earth-friendly art projects. They collaborated to make an abstract art piece using empty water bottles and netting from produce packaging to blow coloured bubbles onto a gigantic canvas. What fun!
Let’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Let’s clean up the messes we have already made. Let’s raise and educate a generation for whom every day is Earth Day!
This month, our island’s heritage and history were brought to life as both Casa One and Casa Two classes went on a field trip to the National Museum.
The students and teachers enjoyed exploring the museum and learning about the historical objects and national treasures contained within the museum’s exhibits and collections. They especially loved the exhibit explaining the “Great Storm of 1932” and visiting the old “Gaol” or jail, as we know it today!
Somewhere over the rainbow is a world with no more plastic.
On Friday, January the 12th , three MBTS Casa students (Rowyn, Sofia and Riley) had a play date of a slightly different variety. They headed to their favourite beach in North Side after school and spent the afternoon cleaning up the garbage and debris that had washed up onto the shore from the one of the recent Nor’easters to blow through Grand Cayman.
After a lot of hard work, help from their grown-ups, twenty full extra-large garbage bags and a few swim breaks, they managed to clear the short stretch of beach of the majority of trash and restore it to its natural state of beauty. They took great pride in a job well done and enjoyed a well-deserved pizza and dance party in the evening.
Although their accomplishment could easily be dismissed as a drop in the bucket, our Casa children are learning that this proverbial bucket (which represents a future in which planet Earth is clean and cared for) can indeed become full if many individuals persist in adding their own small drops or contributions.
The photo of the girls on the beach surrounded by garbage gazing at rainbow on the horizon is especially poignant because it inspires in the viewer both heartbreak and hope, a combination that encompasses the conflicting emotions that many people experience when considering the current state of the world and the future of planet Earth.