On May 3, 2013 the Weinacker’s Montessori School on Hillcrest Road held their annual International Festival. Our school has hosted the International Festival for more than thirty years. This event is very popular among the teachers, families, and even community! One thing that makes this event stand out from other local events is the immense amount of learning that is taking place by everyone involved! The children and teachers prepare for weeks learning about new cultures. They learn the similarities and differences in the featured country’s everyday way of life, food, language, attire, and so much more.
Not only is this event an amazing learning opportunity and exciting local attraction but to put it simply, it is incredibly Montessori. Maria Montessori believed it was important for children to be exposed to various cultures and gain an understanding of the world around them—and Hillcrest did just that! They did more than just read their students a story about new cultures, they let the students actually experience the culture that they were learning about and that is Montessori education at its finest! Please take a minute to view some of the video from the International Festival in the link below—The first video is of Mrs. Tulia’s Spanish immersion 3-6 students representing Honduras and the song they performed was “El Suenito Baile Tipico Honduras!” The second clip shows the children from Ms. Caroline’s elementary class representing South Africa and they sang “Pata Pata!”
For more information about the International Festival or Weinacker’s Montessori School please feel free to contact us anytime!