Edinburgh Montessori Arts School

Complete Montessori education complemented by creative arts specialists. For 1-18 year olds.

Operating as usual

06/03/2023

***CEILIDH FUNDRAISER - Dont miss out***

Banish the Blues - Ceilidh for EMAS families and friends

Our teens have organised a fantastic ceilidh event for the whole school!

We are at the beginning of our exciting fundraising journey to raise money for the expansion of our school premises.

Our high school is growing and needs its own campus!

Join us for a broth and a boogie - an afternoon of delicious Scottish food and dancing. Don't delay - book your tickets today...

WHEN: Saturday 18th March
WHERE: Liberton Kirk Halls
WHAT TIME: 15:00 - 17:30
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/banish-the-blues-fundraiser-for-emas-campus-expansion-tickets-570482948857

This is a family event - bring your granny, bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your neighbours neighbours!
All funds raised will go towards our Campus Expansion Appeal: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emas-foundation-campusappeal?utm_term=JPNewWj8G

06/11/2022

“The most important thing for me in my work is where is the child's voice and how I can support their voice to be heard,” says our Therapies Coordinator, Rachel Treloar.
We caught up with Rachel to find out more about her role at EMAS and how she uses art therapy to support children across the school.

08/04/2022

Happy Easter holidays!

05/04/2022

"To have a chance to work with children and from the get go give them the appreciation to see beauty all around them and to know that they are capable of transforming the world with the things around them is an amazing gift to give," says EMAS Infants’ Teacher, Marta Ribeiro, who we filmed this month to find out what art means to her and how she brings it into her teaching.


31/03/2022

'Every child is an artist" - Pablo Picasso

Beyond creating beauty and space for self-expression, we believe that arts represent one of the most important elements of a life fully and happily lived.

Our teachers and artists discuss how we elevate the arts as some of the '100 languages of children and how this approach seeds every aspect of children's learning and development.

Our panellists will be:

Emma Boyd Madsen, Artist in Residence
Rachel Moir, Art Therapist
Lindsay Anderson, Music Teacher
Marta Ribeiro, Infants’ Teacher

We will explore how and why the creative arts are placed at the forefront of the EMAS curriculum and all we do in our school.

31/03/2022

Who is going to join us tonight? In this very interactive webinar, we will talk about art and why is it so important to invite it into our everyday life. With our artists and teachers, we will discuss some of the ways we use to invite art into children's everyday life.

Join us on our FACEBOOK page at 8:30 pm GMT and please come with your questions!

24/03/2022

EMAS elevates the creative arts by employing current working artists and incorporating them into the school model.
Art can take many forms and in this video Katelyn Thorn, our visiting artist responsible for dance and drama for much of the past year, takes us behind the scenes at EMAS.
Join our interactive webinar next Thursday (31st March at 8:30 pm) “Bringing artistry into your life” on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube channels.
Our panelists will be:
Emma Boyd Madsen, Artist in Residence
Rachel Moir, Art Therapist
Lindsay Anderson, Music Teacher
Marta Ribeiro, Infants’ Teacher
We will explore how and why the creative arts are placed at the forefront of the EMAS curriculum and all we do in our school.

27/02/2022

Meditation for teenagers and more broadly in the classroom... Why is it so fundamentally important to learning to meditate at this age?

In this episode, we will invite you to take a look inside Iain Campbell's experience of meditation and as usual in this podcast, we will ask ourselves how meditation could be linked to today's education as a powerful tool of transformation?

Interested? Listen to the full episode on:

Apple podcast: https://lnkd.in/dSmedntt

Or

Spotify: https://lnkd.in/dyAFFdZS

02/02/2022

Join us for our next online live webinar on Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:30 pm on Edinburgh Montessori Arts School Youtube channel.

Every child learns differently and every family lives uniquely. In order to capitalise on the diverse range of engagement that happens in a 21st Century inclusive classroom, the whole community must take part. At EMAS our team works collaboratively to support students and families in creating optimum conditions for learning and inspiration to thrive. Join us to hear from our teachers and therapeutic team about how they provide all-around systems in which our children enjoy agency and responsibility for directing their learning journeys.

Come with your questions and comments!

29/01/2022

“Our webinar is a great opportunity for parents to discover how we work collaboratively and why it’s so important to have these open lines of communication between home and school.”

Kate Hanekom, our Montessori Educator and Additional Support Lead, is one our six strong group of staff and specialists hosting our live webinar on Wednesday (2nd February at 8.30pm) about our holistic approach at EMAS.

Please come armed with your questions for:
Kate Hanekom - Montessori Educator and Additional Support Lead
Iain Robertson Campbell - Principal Teacher and Humanities teacher, Adolescent Group
Catriona Brown - Occupational Therapist
Rachel Treloar - Art Therapist
Emma Rattigan - Principal and Founder
Krisztina Wighardt - Wellbeing and Parent Coach

To join our webinar on Wednesday please go to our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC081j3goS-1dy1ZA9cPZ_eA/videos

25/01/2022

“The thing that inspires children to do music so much here is the freedom of choice,” says Lindsay Anderson, Edinburgh Montessori Art School’s Visiting Music Specialist.

“One day they may want to do a little bit of guitar, one day they may want to play what they’ve learnt on the piano, one day they might want to write lyrics to a song, and one day they might change their mind and try something else.”

Find out more about how children learn music at EMAS 👇

21/01/2022

A holistic approach to learning - Seeing the whole child

Join us for our next online live webinar on Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:30 pm on Edinburgh Montessori Arts School page.

Every child learns differently and every family lives uniquely. In order to capitalise on the diverse range of engagement that happens in a 21st Century inclusive classroom, the whole community must take part. At EMAS our team works collaboratively to support students and families in creating optimum conditions for learning and inspiration to thrive. Join us to hear from our teachers and therapeutic team about how they provide all-around systems in which our children enjoy agency and responsibility for directing their learning journeys.

Come with your questions and comments!

20/01/2022

Today we say a fond farewell to our visiting Dance and Drama Specialist, Katelyn, who is heading home to Australia. “It is always a pleasure hosting visiting artists at EMAS,” said Principal, Emma Rattigan. “We have danced, sung and dramatised our way through the pandemic with Katelyn and we are so very grateful for her joyful energy which has inspired us and helped shape future arts programs in the school. We can't wait to hear about her next adventures."

Photos from Edinburgh Montessori Arts School's post 17/01/2022

This month our teens gave interactive presentations on mental health challenges to upper elementary students. The chose identity development, challenging stress, and peer pressure to explain and discuss. Teens had explored these topics and had prepared posters, presentations and fun exercises the children could take part in! Everyone loved doing laughing yoga to help with being stressed and feeling down.

07/01/2022

Iain Campbell says: To have a Holistic approach to Education, one of the most important thing you could do as a teacher or a parent is to take care of yourself first. Can you relate to that? .. and because it is the new year, what are some of the ways you could take care of yourself this coming year?

To listen to our full episode on Apple podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/educators-now/id1597450069?i=1000545938534

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1wgFV60ReRXTIvEijqLe42?si=yHBZglbUQiOAMjEKIwQ-4Q

Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/a361ead3-ebad-4a7b-8d64-13a98a56849c/episodes/1f9c5dc2-9794-4444-8bde-820d2635e5d5/educators-now-holistic-approach-in-education

Deezer: https://deezer.page.link/hSY1qhbPf5bsgfNe8

02/12/2021

How does Montessori nurture children's genuine interest and even love for Mathematics?

Why is it so important for our developing our children's minds?

‘Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.’
Albert Einstein

Mathematics in Montessori by the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School 30/11/2021

Want to know more about mathematics in Montessori? This a short presentation in elementary. How do we create a space for interest and love of mathematics?

Want to go even further and meet and chat with our our teachers… Sign up for our Facebook Live Thursday December 2nd at 8:30pm GMT

https://youtu.be/-KkCpwqNTXI

Mathematics in Montessori by the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School How does Montessori nurture children's genuine interest and even love of Mathematics? Why is it so important for our children's developing mind?

26/11/2021

Welcome to our World Covid Kenny!

Covid Kenny is one of the happy addition to our adolescent classroom. Chickens are an essential part of their microeconomy project. Observing, undersrtanding, taking care whilst setting up a sustainable business project became part of our young people daily routine.

Having direct experiences with the natural world provides our students with a deep understanding of the interconnected nature of all organisms. Experiencing these connections in the processes and planning of our everyday responsibilities gives our teenagers many opportunities to observe the cycle and interdependencies of living things and to truly appreciate the role we humans play as custodians of our planet.

Educators NOW 23/11/2021

Starting a new project is always exciting. Our school is full of inspiring people and inspiring moments. Sharing these moments and experiences is the purpose of our new podcast, Educators Now.
Happy listening!
https://lnkd.in/dsY6tGf3

Educators NOW Time to inspire educators and parents. Conversations at the cutting edge of 21st Century educational practice. Krisztina Wighardt, Wellbeing Coach and Iain Campbell, Head teacher of the adolescent group at the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School chat...

19/10/2021

“When our child is involved in food preparation, they often take more interest in eating it as well.”
-Simone Davies, The Montessori Toddler

This autumn, Infant Community, children have had fun making chia pudding, playdough, picking plums from our garden and making 'Gruffalo crumble'.

Food preparation is part of our Infant Community Practical Life Curriculum. It is an activity than goes beyond the more obvious food preparation skills such as slicing, spooning, pouring, scooping, measuring and mixing. It also helps them refine their fine motor skills and the ability to master a sequence of steps.

It is a multi sensory experience for the toddlers, where they are able to explore the many different textures of food, it’s multitude of smells and the beautiful array of colours and shapes that whole food has to offer. But one of the best sensory experiences comes in the end, the wonderful feast for the eyes, when the food is ready for that final taste and smile of approval by all involved in the process.

It is also through nurturing a love for good food that will develop good and long lasting healthy eating habits that they will take with them as they grow. Toddlers love to help in the kitchen and as they do so they are developing their independent, sense of self and autonomy.

Many more culinary adventures await our young chefs!

Photo by Nadeykina Evgeniya on Unsplash

14/10/2021

Access to Outdoor Learning for Early Years

All morning children in Infant Community and Children's House easily, naturally and spontaneously go into their garden.

Here Outdoor Educator Romina welcomes them, guides them, observes their interests (and creates materials or lessons for them based on this), and all the while she works on developing the garden itself. Read about Romina here: https://www.emaschool.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/

10/10/2021

EMAS staff are experts in child development. How does this come about?
🧠learning what happens in the brain and when
👀observing children - thousands of children and observation hours between us
👨🏽‍🏫Montessori training includes understanding of psychology and cognitive/emotional development, and how this looks in Montessori environments
💼Continuous Professional development and peer learning

07/10/2021

A clothing swap is a perfect outdoor, socially distanced, get-to-know-other-parents event!

A wonderful parent volunteer organised this: several boxes of (quarantined) clothes, one camper van stationed at pick up and drop off times, and Bring Your Own Cuppa meant we all had a chance to chat and grab some new outfits for our growing kids.

Journey into Space - Storytelling 04/10/2021

As an extension to the first - the Story of our Universe, Elementary class recently did a school trip to Dynamic Earth! We watched a short film in the Planetarium, took a tour and did the 'Journey into Space' primary school workshop to 'develop an idea of the scale of the Universe and our position within it'.

https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/learning/workshops/primary-school-workshops/journey-into-space-storytelling

Journey into Space - Storytelling Dynamic Earth is a fun school trip for primary schools and even early years nursery. It is the best school science trip with lots of fun science activities and outdoor learning.

02/10/2021

The Montessori Great Stories are one of the ways the Elementary class explores the big questions of science, history and humanity. We will look at this again and again in our Facebook posts.

This year we grew our own wheat, playing alongside it as it grew and learning about it during Botany lessons. Once ripe, Elementary literally separated the wheat from the chaff and ground their own grain.

"As a trained archaeologist-educator, I've never seen a school do something like this! [Archaeology sessions on this topic usually start with replica grindstones] What an amazing way to really understand subsistence and survival - not only for the first farmers in the Fertile Crescent c 9500 BC, but also for small scale, off-grid farmers around the world where it is still all done by hand using stone or metal scythes and grindstones"-Becca, EMAS Admissions Secretary



Photo by Luca on Unsplash

30/09/2021

We are 15!

From our beginnings as a small nursery in Morningside with six students...now open to children from the age of one in our Infant Community through to senior phase in our Teens' Hub, EMAS is the first and only Montessori school in Scotland offering complete Montessori education. We do this through the lens of the arts: drama, music, art and STEAM.

There is so much to be done to overcome the great challenges of the 21st Century and ensure the survival of our planet for future generations.

In order to nurture the details we must be able to see the vastness of possibility that lies outside our personal experience. We are so fortunate to have a whole cohort of educators who take time to see the world through the lens of the Child's boundless imagination. That same sense of wonder Montessori encourages us to cultivate in our children – we each get experience it for ourselves!

Here's to the next 15 years and beyond - infinite change, personal growth and learning!

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“The most important thing for me in my work is where is the child's voice and how I can support their voice to be heard,...
"To have a chance to work with children and from the get go give them the appreciation to see beauty all around them and...
How to bring artistry into your life?
EMAS elevates the creative arts by employing current working artists and incorporating them into the school model. Art c...
Meditation for teenagers and more broadly in the classroom... Why is it so fundamentally important to learning to medita...
A holistic approach to learning - Seeing the whole child Webinar
“Our webinar is a great opportunity for parents to discover how we work collaboratively and why it’s so important to hav...
“The thing that inspires children to do music so much here is the freedom of choice,” says Lindsay Anderson, Edinburgh M...
Today we say a fond farewell to our visiting Dance and Drama Specialist, Katelyn, who is heading home to Australia.  “It...
Holistic approch to education
Mathematics in Montessori

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