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Children love cooking activities where they participate in food preparation, setting a table, preparing fruit and vegetables, baking bread and delicious dishes for the community. The cooking is an integral part of the curriculum.
Music work is in the classroom happening all the time, not just as a group. Children love songs and music from a very early age. Music is an integral part of the curriculum includes development of skills and appreciation for music. It introduces little students to a composer each month.
Arts topic is an integral part of our curriculum. It introduces little students to an artist each month and different techniques. In the visual arts, students learn basic art principles, participate in art appreciation with artists from distant epochs of our time and have an opportunity to practice art principles through classes.
The Virtue Project emphases on concepts of “Grace and Courtesy” – a global initiative that inspires the practice of virtues in everyday life. These are virtues such as Respect, Cooperation, Responsibility, Generosity and more. Considering the needs of the elementary aged children, we help them to examine the morality and practice their “moral muscles”.
Our children at the international conference Montessori Model United Nations
The Montessori Model United Nations program aims to inspire young people for a better world, as Maria Montessori says: “In the mind of the child, we can find the key to progress.” Every year, students from over 20 countries around the world aged between 9 and 15 years are included as conference delegates. MMUN or the Montessori Model United Nations is an event that helps students to be part of the world and have the opportunity to change the world.
Part of the educational and academic benefits for the students of attending the conference are:
In May 2018 for the first time four children from Bulgaria participated in the program. Now the elementary students represent Otkrivatel Montessori School every year attending the conference and discussing global topics. They are working hard to prepare their papers and initial statements on the topics that are debated at the conferences in Rome such as: “Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive wastes”, “The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East” , “Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind”, “Convention on Biological Diversity”, “Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”, “Rights of peoples to self-determination”.
Big thanks to all of youth supported the children’s delegation.
The individual piano lessons are extension of the activities in the classroom. The children develop their ear to hear the music, sense of rhythm and sound. They learn and practice music art and organise mini concerts. Working primarily with melodies and rhythm patterns, they build a working vocabulary of solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) and rhythm language which they use in a conversational manner to create their own music.
The children raise aware about the needs of others and are eager to contribute to the humanity. They initiate variety of social responsibility initiatives like the Annual Christmas Charity Bazaar, Bridge between generations program, cleaning the neighbourhood, adopting a path on Vitosha mountain and taking care after it. These activities nurture their gratitude, compassion, self mastery and develop ecology vision and way of living.
The Outdoor classroom – the nature, is an integral part of our curriculum and is designed to provide direct experience with the ecology of this bioregion; develop independence and self-confidence; foster personal responsibility and cooperation; offer challenge and adventure; and encourage environmental awareness and responsibility. As part of the Outdoor Program, Otkrivatel Montessori School organises winter and summer schools and camps – ski, green, sports and forest school.
In our Elementary program, whole-class field trips are rare. A “going out” comes naturally from a child’s need to explore a subject beyond the classroom environment. In addition to these student-initiated outings, children go on shopping trips to support class activities, and teachers plan group outings related to a particular topic, inspired in the classroom. The school trips allow for the expansion of life skills, social knowledge and community building. The field trips are school events and are usually held during school hours.
Occasionally Toddlers and Primary classes go out as well for field trips and nature walks. School trips complement school classes as through direct observation and experience these events allow students to explore and learn.