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Sep 28th 2016

Spanish Classes at Greenspring Montessori

By |September 28, 2016|Academic Programs, Spanish|

Welcome to Spanish class! This has been an amazing beginning of the year for the Spanish class. The students are already enthusiastic to share the Spanish they know and to use it more often, not just in the classroom but outside around the campus. This year we will continue having the open studio time, where students will learn and understand the culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries around the world in a casual and fun way. This year, the Spanish class is given in the classrooms and not in a separate room. This way the students can learn a new language using [...]

Sep 23rd 2016

Swimming in the Chester River

By |September 23, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Zoe, 8th grade student in the Adolescent Community Living on a boat in the sun for four days made us hot. Luckily, we were living on the Chester River so we could jump in the water whenever we wanted - with life jackets on, of course. Whenever someone wanted to swim we would ask one of the captains (Annie or Andy) if we could swim. We would find a place to anchor and within 10-15 minutes we would be in the water swimming and laughing. We swam in brackish water which is made up of freshwater and saltwater. [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Echo Hill Outdoor School with our Adolescents

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Luca Houtsmuller, 8th grade student in the Adolescent Community Before my class and I went to go stay on the boats with Captain Andy and Annie we did some team building exercises. The first one we did was zip lining where you set personal goals for yourself and try to achieve them and your class cheers you on. Another team building exercise we did is the trust fall where you have the option to stand on a log and jump to touch a bar or you can stand on a log and fall back into your classmates arms. [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

About the Adolescent Retreat

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Ben, 8th grade student in the Adolescent Community Our time on the Chester River was very enjoyable. We did so many fun activities and games. Here is a brief rundown of our general schedule. We began the day by waking up in our sleeping bags and pillows on the deck of the boats. The Captains then whipped up a nice breakfast like yogurt and granola, and even pancakes! Right after breakfast ,and every meal of the day, we would clean our dishes. We had four buckets. One for regular river water, one for river water and dish soap, [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Meals on the Adolescent Retreat

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Finn, 8th grade student in our Adolescent Community We ate many different foods on the boats. We had sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheeses, and plenty of other foods. In the morning of our second day, we went out to a pound net, which is a type of net which is very effective at catching fish, where we met up  with the three watermen who owned it. We bought crabs from them, which we ate and used in grilled cheeses. We also cooked the white perch we caught while fishing, and ate those too.  We were also able to have [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Echo Hill Sailing with our Adolescents

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Augie, an 8th grade student in our Adolescent Community Our stay at Echo Hill Outdoor School was adventurous, challenging and entertaining. For three nights we stayed on the Elsworth and Annie D.: one 40-foot skipjack and one large buyboat. The Elsworth is one of the last remaining skipjacks in the world. It was built in 1901 and designed to dredge for oysters. The Elsworth dredged for oysters until 1996. After that, it was acquired by to Echo Hill for educational purposes… and we got to stay on it! We got the chance to sail on the Elsworth. We [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Watermen on the Chesapeake Bay Trip

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Luke, 7th grade student in the Adolescent Community During our boat trip on the Chester River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, we were lucky enough to witness three watermen (people who catch various types of sea creatures to sell) reeling in their haul from one of their twelve pound nets.  Pound nets are commonly used contraptions that trap fish, crabs and other sea creatures.  To get the creatures out of the net and into their boat, they lift up the net which pushes the sea creatures in a pocket of the trap, then the watermen (Dicky Manning [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Fishing on the Adolescent Retreat

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Adolescent Community, Students|

Written by Johan, a 7th grade student in the Adolescent Community The Chester River is known for many kinds of wildlife, including its bountiful fish. One of the activities on the boat was fishing. The spots we went to had plenty of different kinds of fish, including rockfish, white perch, and plenty of bait fish. Many people caught their first fish, and in most cases, they caught more than just one. We went fishing in two main spots: A small bridge and a beach. At the small bridge there were a lot of Rockfish, or Striped Bass. At the other [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Fall Sports Update

By |September 22, 2016|After School Programs, Athletics, Extracurricular Enrichment, Students|

Fall sports are in full swing at Greenspring Montessori School! Our soccer team went to its first tournament of the year at St. James Academy on Tuesday. Although we lost both games, our team played with spirit and great teamwork. Our small, but mighty team is made up of boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. At our first Cross-Country meet of the season on Wednesday, five of our runners took off on the one and a half mile course. All students finished strong! See our school calendar for upcoming game dates and learn more about our [...]

Sep 22nd 2016

Montessori Model United Nations

By |September 22, 2016|Academic Programs, Students, Upper Elementary|

This year, 16 of our Upper Elementary students will be travelling to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN). Our delegates, led by Upper Elementary Guide, Cheri Gardner, will be representing Germany and Namibia. The topics they will debate range from nuclear disarmament and measures to eliminate international terrorism to food security and advancement of women. In preparation for the summit, students must do in-depth research into the country and topics they will be debating. Students will also work on building important life skills such as negotiation and consensus-building. The Montessori Model United Nations was inspired [...]