Some of you may wistfully remember the TV show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”, the 90’s children’s series that featured ‘gumshoes’ scanning the globe to find cultural artifacts that would lead them to Carmen. Children were able to travel to the far corners of the world to explore and learn about geography. This past month at Pennington Montessori School they had their own version of “Where in the World” in the annual Global Festival and Global Cafe.
The Global Festival and Cafe is a celebration of cultural diversity and family tradition. Children were asked to bring in items that represented their cultural background as well as items that have been collected from travels across America and the world. These items were displayed in an exhibition by continent in the schools Great Room. Delicious food items were served by parents in the Global Café as children were able to sample cuisine from around the globe.
The Great Room became the ‘center of the universe’ as each continent on the globe was represented. Children were treated to an eyeful of items from Down Under in Australia to our own backyard and all the spots in between. Demonstrations on Tae Kwon Do and Flamenco dancing entertained the world travelers. World maps in each classroom pinpointed the cultural origins of all of the students in the class. As each item and demonstration was presented and explored the children learned more and more about their friends, teachers and the families that make up the global map that defines the school.
The most important lesson learned at the culmination of the events on February 26th is that though we all come from different places around the globe, we find common ground and friendship at Pennington Montessori.
The Pennington Montessori School provides is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the individual child’s sensitive periods between 15 months and 6 years when they can absorb information easily from a prepared enriched environment. For more information contact 609.737.1331 or visit www.penningtonmontessori.org..