Mannequin Challenge Treasure Village Montessori Innovation Learning

Treasure Village Montessori Innovation Learning changes the way they grow. Realizing the discipline needed to stay still this long, didn’t stop the entire school, 3rd through 8th, grade from freezing in time. Our best moments are the ones where we stop and simply focus. Treasure Village Montessori School brings innovation learning to the forefront.

Mannequin Challenge? A day when the entire school froze in time. What would anyone give for the magic to be able to freeze time, just for a second, so they could travel round the world without losing a day, or get to Mars in a week, instead of 1.6 years.

What would a mother or a CEO do with a few minutes of frozen time? She’d put her house in order so she could have fun and ‘play’ with the kids. He’d put his company in order, slowly, at a gentle pace, so he could have fun and hang out with his team or his customers or his family. For the film-maker of this Mannequin Challenge, that thought was incredibly loud. She walked through an eerily quiet school, full of hundreds of humans, all frozen in time. Imagine being given extra time to edit this film!

#Freeze Montessori Innovation Learning at Treasure Village Montessori

#Freeze! The TVM ethic is not just about the FSA scores, standardized testing is valued, but it’s about the whole child. And the people that surround them as they grow, when the administration is open to expressions of such outright creative fun. One thinks to oneself, how can they go wrong? Well. Lots of ways.

But you have to take the ups and downs, the goods and bad’s. There are faults and flaws in any system. But weighting it firmly on the side of ‘nurturing the child’ they get 100% from this mother of four, film maker and marketing professional, because if they can put this sort of an event together, just for the challenge and the achievement, their hearts are in the right place. Go Seadragons!

Treasure Village Montessori Innovation Learning

Trudy Ferraro brings the most inspired learning experience, earth, plants, sun, water. Growing has begun in earnest at the Montessori Innovative Learning School in Islamorada.

#Grow Montessori Innovation Learning at Treasure Village Montessori

#Growing Program would have pleased Maria Montessori. Montessori’s system is embedded at Treasure Village Montessori school. Innovative in her lifetime, she believed a few seconds of hands on, specifically designed “manipulatives” learning, like the ‘sensorial’ binomial cube, that develops the visual-stereognostic sense, the bead bars, the counting rods, the pink tower. The hands on experiences cemented the higher level development of the young brain, and lead to the eagerness to understand when it came to more and more abstract concepts.

Even then, in the early 20th Century, her pedagogy didn’t call for students to spend hours in a classroom working on paper learning. She whole heartedly approved and supported the growing and nurture of natural things to engage the child, tactile learning, connecting hand and eye and brain in active guided learning.

Dr. Maria Montessori’s 1920’s Europe

With her Children’s House she put her ideas into action primarily focused on uniquely abled children and the very poor, her position as the first female Doctor in Italy helped develop the research and implement it into her first ‘Children’s House” or Casa Dei Bambini school. Dr. Maria Montessori’s students consistently met and exceeded the surrounding educational standards.

By the time World Wars I and II had come and left millions dead in their wakes, the world wanted learning systems that taught children more diplomacy and global understanding. After the dust had settled new pedagogy was all the rage. Worldwide Steiner, Waldorf and Montessori’s systems of pedagogy, like bees to honey, were attracting growing followers. More so in the case of Maria Montessori in the 1960’s.

In the Florida Keys there are no less than two Montessori Charter Schools, and five private Montessori Schools in the Florida Keys

Today we seem to have a different kind of war, not so violent, although some of the games people play online are extremely so, the modern child spends more time on computers and mobile devices than any generation. It’s become a question of how to limit that exposure and balance it with time outdoors.

“The vast majority of today’s kids use a computer, watch TV, or play video games on a daily basis, but only about 10 percent say they are spending time outdoors every day, according to a new nationwide poll from The Nature Conservancy.”

Nature Is Nurture

A global survey showed a concerning lack of outdoor playtime among children aged five to twelve. The survey quickly became an ongoing campaign called “Dirt is Good.” Commissioned by British laundry company Persil, conducted by an independent market research firm, it revealed ⅓ of British children spend 30 minutes or less outside every day. They discovered that one in five children do not play outside at all on an average day.

The researchers surveyed 12,000 parents spanning 10 countries: the United States, Brazil, U.K., Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and India. Apparently this is less time than the average prisoner according to the website.

Natures healing balm pays back dividends at Treasure Village Montessori, the #growing program is set to develop a large following amongst all age groups, from VPK to Middle School.

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