One of the many assignments that our Primary Students complete as part of their coursework is a Theory Project. The Theory Project represents a further exploration, integration, and understanding of selected topics and sources related to Montessori theory and practice.
This assignment is unique in that it can take a handful of different forms. It can be a 5000 word essay presenting the student’s own synthesis of the chosen topic. It might take shape as a 20-minute presentation involving handouts, activities, visual aids, PowerPoint, or video. Some choose to create a sample “Parent Night, “ create a Podcast episode, or even interpret the information via artistic theater performance. Each student is free to select the modality of their choice. (Very Montessori, no?)
Above we see Kate Simer, current Primary student, giving a presentation on the benefits of exposing children to second or other languages before the age of six. She incorporated an interactive language lesson into the presentation, as well as a tasty food-preparation demonstration.
Kate has helped MNW with numerous Spanish translation projects and is the director of Hands-On Language, a Spanish language program for children that uses hands-on activities to make language learning fun.