Montessori Cultural Enrichment 2017

Monday Enrichment – French Language and European Studies

The Monday Cultural Enrichment Program provides opportunities for students to experience and understand the traditional practices, history, and language of cultures outside of their own. Through experiencing a little of how others live, we open the door for empathy with those who live differently from us. We believe that by providing children and their families an understanding of other cultures and fostering this empathy, they will grow to support a local and global culture of peace.

Plans for 2017-2018

Two years ago we studied Asia, last year was South America, and this year we’re moving on to Europe! The children in the Primary Program will learn conversational French this year through songs, movements and games and we will supplement these with art-based cultural projects from all of Europe, beginning with France and then moving on to Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Spain, Greece, and more!

The children in the Elementary Program will learn about the traditions and cultures of Europe through art projects, hands on activities and some food sampling and will be able to build  their use of the French language during our meetings. Cultural practices both ancient and modern as well as an overview of art history and artists will be included as we discover and celebrate the beautiful and vibrant cultures that call Europe home. The upper Elementary students are participating in a model United Nations this year and have been assigned the country of Austria as their country to represent, so there will be Austrian history and culture woven through their curriculum as well!

Each year a different area of our world is explored.