Maria Montessori would have been proud—and perhaps a little bemused.
Students and staff at Bluffview Montessori School celebrated the Italian doctor’s legacy this past week as part of Montessori Education Week. When Montessori founded her first school in a Rome housing project in 1907, she had predicted great things for the educational movement that would eventually bear her name.
“Crazy Hair Day” probably wasn’t what she had in mind.
Even so, Bluffview students came to school in a variety of highly creative coiffures on Friday, the culmination of a week of activities marking not only the 105th anniversary of Montessori education, but also Bluffview’s twentieth anniversary as the nation’s first Montessori charter school. During a free pizza lunch, students placed their handprints on a huge poster that read, “Shout it loud, Bluffview proud!”
The week of celebration also marked the official launch of a virtual tour on the school’s website. Included in the virtual tour are more than a dozen videos that highlight students working on Montessori materials in the classroom and Bluffview teachers demonstrating Montessori methods. The videos have been viewed more than one thousand times since being posted on the website. The school has also launched a Facebook page.
Other events during Montessori Education Week included Career Day and Grandparents Day, during which dozens of grandparents attended a science fair put on by the school’s elementary students.
Montessori Education Week is observed by most of the 8,000 Montessori schools worldwide, including some 300 public Montessori schools in the United States.