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In their quest to understand their role in society, students engage most deeply when their studies have meaning within their community. They acquire expertise in twenty-first century skills while gaining knowledge in core academics by applying history, math and language skills to their projects and occupations on the land.
The Role of Academics: Expertise and Skills
Study and academic expertise take on new meaning in the farm environment. Students research and study to become aware and active citizens and fully informed problem-solvers for their community. They work to acquire expertise in science, technology and communication. They strive to understand our time in history and to move the story of human beings toward a new and promising chapter. They learn about other cultures to expand their world perspective, explore different ways of thinking and to tackle relevant issues. They are students of their time and place in history so they can understand the planet we all live on and the people who are our global family.

Mathematics: Discovery and Skill
Mathematical thinking is a gift to humans at birth, as all humans possess mathematical minds, observed Dr. Montessori. Adolescent mathematical growth depends on how math is used, in a social setting and for purposeful work in the community. When everyone values, uses and performs math in a variety of situations, the community benefits from problem-solving and creative thinking as a way of life.

Studying mathematics on the farm occurs during every project and business venture as well as in extended lab sessions. Students engage in:

  • Warm-up mental math exercises
  • Formal lessons
  • Group projects that require data analysis and mathematical problem-solving
  • Applied projects related to farm tasks and business ventures
  • Individually paced follow-up work
  • Individually designed skill work
Students have the opportunity to move through Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 as they are ready. Hands-on math projects related to projects on the farm, like the cost analysis of the garden and animal production, are interwoven with daily math work.

Science and Stewardship
Dr. Montessori suggested that working and studying on the land would provide "limitless opportunities for scientific and historic studies." Science is studied and applied to real work through realistic and purposeful projects called Occupations. Each project combines practical tasks with academic study.

A small group of 6-10 students takes on challenges necessary to operate the farm's businesses. Required background expertise and skills are learned to accomplish the tasks. The group also accepts responsibility for managing their area of the farm using acquired expertise.

Projects include:

  • Acquiring and raising pigs for meat
  • Assessing the woodlot for hardwood lumber harvest
  • Producing and selling maple syrup
  • Preserving produce from the organic gardens
  • Monitoring water quality and the operation of the waste treatment plant
  • Planning menus and educating the community on nutrition

History and Language Arts
As global citizens, our young adults need to know and appreciate the human story in all of its diversity and geography. A Montessori adolescent program encourages multi-disciplinary studies of cultures from different geographic locations and time periods. Students engage in projects that incorporate history, philosophy, language arts and fine arts. They study a variety of primary and secondary sources and make visits off campus to museums, research centers and historical sites. As we tell the human story every year from early agriculture to modern times, students also experience:

  • A variety of writing opportunities: research papers, response papers, analysis papers, fiction writing, script-writing, monologues
  • Dramatic presentations by the group for the whole community as the culmination of the project
  • Seminar discussions of primary sources, philosophical topics and related current issues
  • Connections to their own community and region in studies of local history

Interested? Get More Information or Schedule a Visit!
Parents can schedule a visit to our classrooms and experience the learning environment first hand. For more information, contact Kathy Beech, Director of Admissions at kbeech@hershey-montessori.org or call (440) 357-0918.

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