Throughout the week, CMEC focused on the NAEYC sub-theme “Play: Where Learning Begins” with a variety of fun days designed to rally school spirit. Mismatch Monday, Totally 80’s Tuesday, What I Want 2 B Wednesday, Thinking Cap Thursday and Funky Fun Pajama Friday themes have brought students and staff together for community-wide fun.
“Celebrating NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child is a natural fit for Columbus Montessori,” Lenn Turner, executive director of Columbus Montessori Education Center said. “Not only are we a NAEYC accredited education center, we are active, passionate early childhood education advocates. Week of the Young Child is an opportunity to bring focus to the building blocks of healthy children and a healthy society – education.”
In addition to themed days, CMEC highlighted its commitment to creating engaged readers through a visual showcase of each book students read throughout the week. Whether as a part of circle time or read on their own, students have decorated the hallways with their love of books.
Friday brought the focus on reading to a head with the Upper Elementary sponsored Read-A-Thon. Elementary students gathered sponsors and partnered Kindergartners for storytime in the Upper Elementary amphitheater.
Columbus Montessori parents have gotten involved in the NAEYC celebration as well. All week families have brought in personal items to donate to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Lunch at the Labyrinth has been a big hit for the Columbus Montessori community as well. All week, students have had lunch near the school’s $24,000 capital improvement project, the “Peace Labyrinth.” Following lunch, students have learned more about labyrinths, including labyrinth etiquette.
Friends sharing their dreams, imagination and favorite books – that’s a great CMEC week.