In the spirit of Flat Stanley, many families in our Providence Community participated in a photo-sharing project with Green Bean during the summer. As you can see in this album, he has had an amazing adventure!
He’s traveled far and wide to visit the Caribbean, Germany, Canada and Alaska; and enjoyed nature right here in the Bluegrass at Raven Run, Red River Gorge and other scenic places. Talk about National landmarks! Imagine seeing The Grand Canyon, The Space Needle, Fallingwater, and The Goonies house all in one summer! He’s been to Disney World several times, he’s taken lots of swimming lessons, and visited exciting cities like New York, Chicago, Hollywood, Charleston and Seattle. And because he’s a Montessori Life-Long Learner, he didn’t miss out on wonderful museums and great summer camps. He soaked up a fair share of American history at Monticello, Boston, and Washington D.C. while he was at it.
If you’re worried that his pace was too intense, fear not. There was awesome R & R on some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. Click on the slide show, or scroll through to read the captions. Thanks to all the families who participated!
It was a beautiful night for Providence Cub Scout Pack 30 to earn their belt loops in fishing. Mr. Sharp Brown generously hosted the pack at his farm, and the scouts made good use of his pond full of bass, bream, and bluegill.
Siblings were welcome — in fact, the winning bass was caught by the sister of a scout!
Many thanks to farm owner Mr. Brown, who tended the fire for the s’mores and, as it turns out, can tell some mighty fine fish stories! Also, thanks to former Providence parent Mark Newton for arranging the expedition, and to Marialyce Gradeck for the pictures. (Click here to see a few more.)
photo by Nevie Everly
The third-grade students of Providence Montessori’s Classroom IV are the recipients of the Fayette County Farm Bureau’s Spring Reimbursement Gardening Grant. The grant supports Classroom IV’s spring planting of cold weather crops including carrots, beets, radishes, broccoli, turnips, and lettuce and the planting of summer crops of tomatoes and beans as the season transitions into summer.
The gardening program is one component of Providence Montessori’s overall mission of teaching and incorporating sustainable practices and initiatives geared towards preparing students for their future as environmental stewards and ambassadors. Each student participates in gardening activities three hours per week as part of classroom assignments that engage in Botany lessons focused on plant parts, reproductive processes, edible portions of each species included in the the spring crop, natural insect and pest prevention, weeding and maintenance, companion plantings, and expand to include vitamin and nutritional values of the plants.
The students kicked off the spring gardening initiative by surveying the plant beds and then by using the Square Foot Method, the students planted the garden, determined the crops and quantities of each species, and then strategically located them to incorporate insect defensive plants such as Marigolds. As part of this valuable hands-on experience the students gain an appreciation for eating organically grown produce with a long-term goal of preparing students for making sound decisions about the foods they consume.
The classroom gardening program incorporates Junior Master Gardening lessons, Montessori Botany curriculum and integrates both the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension/4-H Office and the Department of Agriculture education resources.
Green Bean stood at his post, watching the students arrive this past Monday. No snow day for them, but they enjoyed it all the same!
photo by Nicole Patenaude
Planking, juggling and a clear message reached an appreciative crowd as Trevor Eissler gave the keynote speech at The Montessori Fair in Lexington on February 23.
Providence was 1 of 14 area schools participating in this event, which introduced the Montessori method of education to interested families and children.
Thanks again to Upsorn Hutchens for these great photos! To see the entire album, click here.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” –Aristotle
Hand loom weaving, print making, glaze application and creating dyes from nature are just some of the things our students have been doing. Click the link below to see photos and read all about it!
The students are keeping the pottery wheel busy in preparation for chili night. Parents can buy their child’s bowl and enjoy some delicious chili. Put it on your calendar now!
Bowls thrown by the Elementary students.
Primary students will have bowls like these and their hand print will be set in glaze.
Ready for glazing.
See you all there!
Art teacher Sue Martin and Providence Resident Artist John Martin have launched an Art Room Newsletter. Blind contour drawing, wheel-thrown pottery and edible art are just a few of the things the students have been working on. Click the link below to read their first edition and see some of the fabulous student work: