The Montessori School of Maui, located upcountry in Makawao, was founded in 1978 to provide a comprehensive curriculum for young people from 18 months through 8th grade. The curriculum, which is based on the methodology developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago, employs a collaborative learning environment to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills, cultivate inquisitive minds and empower children to actively participate in our rapidly changing environment. Specifically, the Montessori teaching approach is based upon observation, peer learning, tactile learning materials and intrinsic motivation – combining to create a unique, delightful and engaging educational environment that develops young people who truly enjoy learning.
Mixed age levels learn together in each classroom, providing profound opportunities for peer learning and observation of one-another’s successes and challenges. Montessori materials are used throughout their education to help young people translate concrete concepts into the abstract realm of letters, words and mathematics. Plus, through a child-driven education, each young person develops a positive practice of free choice and is allowed to participate in their own education. The net result literally is children who run “into” their classroom each morning, joyfully approach their work and develop skills far beyond the academic standards of a quality twenty-first century education.
For over 35 years, the Montessori School has also been a leader in the integration of sustainable practices, green building and the assimilation of natural sciences into an engaging Montessori curriculum. The school was among the first on Maui to introduce a Living Classroom, in which students of all ages learn and actively participate in gardening and farm-to-table living.
This year, the school is pleased to be serving over 250 young people. Parents are encouraged to visit the campus, call 808-573-0374 or visit www.momi.org to learn more about this unique educational approach that develops tomorrow’s leaders and global citizens.
Community members are also invited to support the Montessori School in a fun way by participating in Maui’s best 21 and over Halloween costume party. On Friday, October 25 2013, don your most creative Halloween costume and head up to the Montessori School of Maui for the 3rd Annual Ghoulin Rouge event, to raise funds in support of the school’s mission. Guests will enjoy gourmet food, handcrafted artisan cocktails, Mark Johnstone’s jazz trio and a funky DJ dance party by Valerie the Vibe Goddess. Plus, the event offers an amazing array of silent auction bargains and the opportunity to enter to win a two-night stay at the Grand Wailea in the costume contest.
Regular tickets for the event are $100 each, VIP are sold $200 and groups of 10 VIP tickets with all the trimmings are available for $2,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.momi.org.
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