Montessori School wrote -
Montessori Family School's Middle School program is composed of 12 students, ages 12 to 14. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent and challenged, and to create a vision for their personal future; thus, to empower early adolescents.
One central component to our learning here in Middle School is to engage each student in the practice of running a business. This is a time when students can engage in true cause and effect responsibilities; developing an idea, strategizing on a business model and then executing a plan in real time. This year we have several thriving student businesses, many of which are proving to be quite lucrative. The money made in these businesses all goes to fund our annual class adventure trip, which this year is to set sail on an educational tall ship out of San Pedro harbor, and sail to and from Catalina Island.
As expected, renting an entire tall ship is not proving to be inexpensive. While we can cover a majority of the costs through our class businesses, we are 6,500 dollars short. This is where we are asking for contributions so that we can embark on their educational adventure.
The Educational Tall Ship offers our classroom a valuable experience. As Montessori teachers, we have the opportunity to weave in our courses of study to the theme of the ship, where there are limitless occasions to integrate physics, geography, oceanography, history, visual art and literature. From the Montessori perspective, the boat becomes a vessel of great significance, as it invites students to participate as one cohesive team, aboard a venue that situates the students as the captains. The task at hand becomes to take care of one another, and as a community not only stay afloat, but move each other forward.