Montessori students celebrate South American culture

By Louis Bettcher | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Devon Skrivanich, left, admires Bridget Vickerman's outfit during the dance performance on April 14.

Camden — Students at the Children's House Montessori School celebrated their study of South America with the Children's House Cultural Fair April 14.

"Geography and an awareness of other cultures is a keystone in Montessori education and is a specific, dedicated component of the curriculum, even for young children," said School Director Kathryn Dermott.

Each year the school as a whole picks a different continent or region of the world to study throughout the winter. This year's pick was South America. The school's classrooms were transformed into different South American countries, and students presented a variety of art and research projects to parents during the April 14 open house.

The highlight of the celebration was an outdoor dance performance, led by artist-in-residence Erma Colvin. Students donned a variety of colorful costumes, ranging from gauchos to mountain guides, and performed a variety of songs for a crowd of family members.

Information on programs offered at the Children's House Montessori School can be found at CamdenMontessori.org.

Artist-in-residence Erma Colvin leads students from the Blue Door class in a dance performance at the Children's House Montessori School on April 14. (Courtesy of: Kathryn Dermott)
Ole Dowling admires the ceramic turtle he made at the Children's House Montessori School on April 14. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Classrooms at the Children's House Montessori School in Camden are transformed into different South American countries. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Kindergarten student Ada Bok displays her tortoise painting April 14. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Some Montessori students studied the Aztecs, and created a temple and ceramic ceremonial mask. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
A portion of a South American mural at the Children's House Montessori School April 14. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
One enthusiastic visitor to the April 14 dance performance attempts to join in the celebration. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Audrey Page displays a ceramic tortoise she made at the Montessori Cultural Fair April 14. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Katie Vickerman and her father, Peter, at left, explore a South American display at the Children's House Montessori School April 14. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
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