To honour the Parent Guild’s first-ever “MBTS Community Impact Day,” the Casa children went on an excursion to Dart Park with a dual purpose. First, they worked as a team to clean up all the garbage that they could find on the ground, sorting it into trash and recyclables. After all of their hard work, they enjoyed a well-deserved play in the playground. They got back on the buses feeling tired, happy and proud of the impact they were able to make for their community, particularly at a familiar and well-loved public space. Great job, our little environmentalists!
In other news: We’d like to say a big thank you to the fabulous LED Grade 1 ambassadors, Abby, Brooke and Blu, for taking the time to stop by our Casa classrooms to read a letter of welcome to our Kindergarten students, as they prepare to make the transition to Lower Elementary!
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!