Primary through Middle School children gathered together to celebrate our first School Spirit Day of the year. School Spirit Days are joyous celebrations which spiral our awareness from self to our community, to our school, and ultimately connect us to the wondrous earth which we all inhabit. We expressed ourselves musically, shared schoolspirit, and directed our attention to the Autumn rhythms of the earth.
It was a fun colorful assembly exploring this year’s theme, Embracing Change. The students participated in a heartwarming and reflective activity using colored leaves. When they entered the Crescendo room, each child was given two leaves, a brown one and a colored one. Mrs. Hammer spoke about the seasons and all the changes that are going one in our lives with the start of the new school year. The brown leaf represented something that we were letting go of from the past year. The students thought about what that was and then crumpled the leaf up and threw it into the center of the circle. The colored leaves each had words written on them, such as gratitude, ready to learn, and understanding. These leaves were threaded together on string, connecting all our good intentions for this coming year.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.