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Nature's Way Montessori School Readies for National Celebration

KNOXVILLE -- Students and staff members at Nature's Way Montessori School are gearing up for a busy week as they put final touches on a series of special events planned for the week long observance and celebration of Montessori Education Week, February 27-March 5.

Nature's Way Montessori School will be joining more than 5,000 Montessori schools across the U.S. and around the world in spreading awareness of this unique system of education. The school is inviting members of the Knoxville community to come take a firsthand look at the child-centered, individualized approach developed almost 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy.

The Montessori approach has incorporated innovations now considered on the cutting edge of today's school reform movement such as multi-age groupings, a rich and extensive curriculum implemented with hands-on materials, cross-discipline learning, and care of the global environment since 1907.

Montessori Education Week is an annual event designed to promote increased awareness and respect for all children.

Nature's Way Montessori School will celebrate this special week in a variety of ways. Each classroom community will participate in various activities that highlight Dr. Montessori's life and work and engage the students in reflecting on their unique educational experience.

The culminating event will be Nature's Way Montessori School's inaugural Montessori Journey on March 5 from 1 pm-4 pm. During this unique event participants will get to experience Montessori education the way children do--by working directly with the lessons and materials. The journey will begin in the Toddler classroom and progress in succession through Middle School. Each classroom will have various lessons, activities and projects for participants to either explore independently or get a lesson on from a teacher.

This is the first event of its kind to be held by Nature's Way Montessori School. "We are very excited about this event and we hope that parents, teachers, and all community members will take advantage of this unique opportunity," says Mary Smith, director of Nature's Way Montessori School.

Anyone who is interested in attending this free event can pre-register by emailing with the name(s), phone number(s) and e-mail address(es) of those who would like to attend. This event is for adults only.

Published February 22, 2011

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