Did you ever want to be a child again? Here’s your chance.

The “Montessori Journey and Discovery,” a special event to be presented by Mountaineer Montessori School (MMS) on Saturday, Jan. 7, will give adults the opportunity to go back in time for a few hours as they interact with the unique Montessori learning environment through the eyes of a child. The event will be held at MMS, 308 20th Street, in Kanawha City.

The “Montessori Journey and Discovery” begins with an exploration of a child-centered classroom through the lens of quiet observation, gathering first impressions as a child may have done in his first hours at school. As attendees take in the sensory richness and detail of the Montessori classrooms, they will experience the sense of order and sequence which so elegantly engages the children who work within these walls.

Following the silent observation, attendees will have a chance to actively engage with Montessori lessons and materials at each level, primary (preschool) through 8th year, and to discover the qualities that are so magical for children. Throughout this portion of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share reflections with other parents and staff. Finally, all attendees will join together to share reflections and observations.

The Montessori Journey and Discovery agenda includes:

2:00 p.m.: Welcome and brief overview of the day

2:15-4:15 p.m.: Exploration and engagement in each classroom environment — primary, lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school

4:15-5:00 p.m.: Refreshments and reflections with MMS guides from every level

“You will have ah-ha moments. You will be inspired. You will likely find yourself wishing you had a Montessori education as a child,” says MMS Director Jennifer Carriger.

Reservations are required and space is very limited. For more information, please contact Beth George, 304/342-7870, bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org.

Mountaineer Montessori School is the oldest and largest Montessori school in West Virginia, serving 125 students ages three through eighth grade at campuses in Kanawha City (308 20th Street) and South Hills (804 Myrtle Road). Founded in 1976, MMS offers a rich arts and academic curriculum in an authentic Montessori environment that guides children to discover and become who they were meant to be.

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