Montessori Climbs to Conquer Cancer!

cancer climbOn August 17, staff and families from several of the Montessori Schools of Flagstaff campuses participated in the American Cancer Society's Climb to Conquer Cancer! The more than 3,700 participants in this year's Climb raised nearly $250,000 to help fund cancer research and MSOF was proud to be a part of the success! The weather was clear and breezy and the beautiful forest scenery made the long climb up Snowbowl Road a bit easier! Thanks to all of the families who participated!

A1: Hard at Work!

Welcome back to school!

A1 got right back into the swing of things during the first week of school! See the photo evidence below!

We're looking forward to a great year!

A-3 Trip to the Arboretum: Macro-Invertebrates and Their Adaptations

arboretum macroinvertebratesOn May 21st, 2013 the A-3 Class at Switzer Mesa went to explore the Arboretum and learn about macro invertebrates! We had a fun-filled day of discovering what the Arboretum has to offer, learning about the animals that we have in our backyard and lastly exploring pond studies! The pond is where we learned about different adaptations that insects possess in order to survive in the water in our climate. We experienced an interactive study of macro invertebrates by having students dress up as one – complete with the many adaptations you might see on these different insects. We even had one student pose for us with gills, eyes, a net for a head and other adaptations that make these insects unique.

Asian Country Studies

The Lower Pod classrooms at Switzer Mesa campus dedicated their continent study this semester to Asia. While activities and studies were done in the classroom, students also chose a country on which to do an in-depth study at home. This week those students revealed their weeks of research to a packed house of friends and family.

As always, it is such a treat to see the many ways in which students choose to present their findings. Some children were dressed as if they had just landed from that very country while others provided food samples and recipes. Some students focused on the animal life of his or her chosen country, while others zeroed in on the cultural mores. The presentations were as varied as the countries themselves.

All in all it was a busy and exciting morning that taught everyone in attendance something new about the large continent of Asia.

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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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