From the Executive Director
44 years ago MCDC was founded to offer the beautiful Montessori program to the families of Poway. I have enjoyed being directly involved with the day to day with the children and parents. Now it is Maureen’s turn to experience that joy. Though it is difficult I have had to turn over that aspect of MCDC. I am so grateful that Maureen has been doing such a marvelous job, I have every confidence that you will all continue to enjoy watching you children thrive at MCDC.
Due to COVID and cancer treatment I had to step back from on site participation. I am in daily contact with Maureen and the staff and will continue behind the scenes jobs that keep the school running.
What Parents Are Saying about MCDC:
The children of today will make all the discoveries of tomorrow. All the discoveries of mankind will be known to them and they will improve what has been done and make fresh discoveries.
Vanit\'s MessageHead Teacher
This month we are talking about nutrition, com-munity helpers, and apples. For nutrition, we are explaining what a balanced meal looks like (protein, carbohydrates, fat, and vitamins). For community helpers, we are talking about the people and workers who make a difference in our lives such as fire fighters, police officers, construction workers, teachers, surgeons, mail carriers, doctors, and scientist. For apples, we are talking about the types of apples there are, parts of an apples, and life cycle of an apple plant. We are presenting Rash Hashanah on September 26th. We will offer apples and honey to the children and explain the holiday to them. Also, we are having a buddies for our new children in order for them to feel included in our community.
There are many lessons in the Montessori classroom but the lessons in manners are a priority of the smooth learning that takes place.
One of the first lessons is movement. How do the children and teachers move so as not to disturb others? When watching a Montessori classroom during the work period it often resembles a ballet. Children and adults move about carefully and purposefully as the select activities, sit for a group lesson or socialize with friends as they go about the learning process. This is GRACE. See more here