The Sundrops Elementary Program offers a unique and intimate setting that fosters confidence and growth through an authentic Montessori education.
Operating as usual
More research supporting positive outcomes for Montessori kids!
New Study: Montessori Education Just Might Promote Adult Wellbeing Dr. Angeline Lillard and her team at the University of Virginia are out with another study showing the benefits of Montessori (An Association Between Montessori Education in Childhood and Adult Wellbeing).
Check out Lucas, one of our third years, reading to one of the rabbits at Charleston Animal Society today! All our second and third years had a chance to read to the animals on their field trip this morning. We had a blast!
Sundrops Elementary students in 3rd grade and up had a fantastic field trip today! We had a tour of the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston, followed by a quick stop at Revealed Art Gallery.
Happy Valentine's Day! Upper El celebrated by doing a whole class exchange, including these creative mailboxes to hold our treats.
Happy Valentine's Day! Lower El celebrated with Secret Valentines. We had so much fun seeing who picked who and what each person chose to make.
Just another day at work!
Friday mornings are for wrapping up weekly work, exploring free choice research, and getting ready for our Pizza business. You can see all of that happening in this short glimpse into our Elementary work cycle, including a cameo by Ms. Svenja’s dog, Brian.
Winter lantern crafts in progress!
You can get children the fanciest toys, and they will still play with the box. True at age 2, and still true at age 11, based on our observations on the elementary playground this week.
When two of our first years expressed interest in the Native American research of a fifth year, he took them outside and helped them make bows. This is what a 6-12 classroom is all about! ❤️
This morning, Ms. Mikki, our beloved art teacher, showed some of our elementary friends how we make our school t-shirts in-house!
Each year around Halloween, Sundrops Elementary students choose a person to research for our Biography Timeline presentations. This year, Upper Elementary students chose creators or inventors, while Lower Elementary students could choose anyone who inspires them. Here are pictures from this year's event (with short mask breaks for presenters and lots of mustaches!)
Scrabble the corn snake has been Ms. Svenja’s trusty pal for 12 years. He came to Montessori training with her when he was a baby (he traveled in a small Tupperware container on the passenger seat all the way from SC to NY!), and has been a part of her classroom ever since. He enriches our community with his calm disposition - he doesn’t strike or bite, ever, and even small children can hold him confidently. This summer, a student hosted him at her house and he escaped - several times - but was found again. What a character! We love our Scrabble.
In Spanish, our first and second years designed flags of Spanish-speaking countries, and sold them in a market. We practiced country names, money (euros), and how to ask how much something costs.
We are busy busy busy!
Field trip for our UE children. More photos to come!
On Fridays, our snack chefs go shopping with Ms. Svenja! They get to practice making a grocery list, finding the items at the store, and paying in cash.
Spotted some hard-working first years this morning during work cycle.
So much joy at recess with these cooler temps today.
How’s our playground refurbishing going? Well, we LOVE being able to scale the wall now that the fences are gone!
We had such fun on our outing last Friday. We walked to Memorial Waterfront Park, which is only a mile from our campus, and enjoyed a picnic lunch as well as lots of outdoor playtime. It was a great way to kick off the three-day weekend.
We are doing a “Meet the Guides” feature for our Elementary Program! First up is Ms. Shannon: Shannon Marchell is one of the Sundrops Elementary Co-Lead Guides. Shannon has a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and briefly worked as a lawyer in New York before finding her calling as a Montessori teacher. She found Sundrops in 2006 when she enrolled her middle child in Ms. Shannon Smith’s primary class. Shannon received her Montessori 6-12 certification from the Seacoast Center for Education in Florida, and has worked as a trainer for adult learners seeking Montessori certification. This year she is thrilled to be teaching her favorite subjects, Math and History. In her free time, Shannon enjoys seeing live music, doing the NYT Sunday crossword, and being a theater mom. She is the proud parent of three amazing Montessori kids who keep her laughing every day.
There’s a new grocery store in town. Our children have created a miniature civilization in the playground, as children this age (all around the world!) tend to do, and now they can go shopping! 😁
Snapshot from yesterday: the first years get ready for a biology lesson.
“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.” - Maria Montessori (The Discovery of the Child)
On Fridays, we have Show and Share! Children can bring an item from home, can share a skill or talent, a proud work from the classroom, or a story.
A special Thursday session of the Sundrops Skate Club, with surprise guest Ms. Spencer (former LE guide)! Come join us this Sunday at 10 AM!
A third year and a second year joyfully wash the dishes together. This is a great chore for at home, too, parents! 😉
We’re working! We’re presenting! We’re bonding! It sure is good to be back.
We’re all heeeeeere!
Our amazing elementary team is excited to welcome back all students (new faces and old friends!) this Monday. The new classroom is ready, and we can’t wait for you to see it! From left to right: Ms. Carol, Ms. Svenja, Ms. Shannon, and Ms. Santija
That’s a wrap for first year camp! We’ll see you all in two weeks!
Today our new first years spent some time together playing outside, completing a scavenger hunt, learning about crabs and making a “build your own crab” snack, making art and doing some works off the shelf. Ms. Svenja taught some of her new friends a handcuff knot and everyone had fun trying to escape! 😆
Our incoming first years are enjoying two half-days of getting to know each other and their lead guides. Today we tie-dyed in the rain, made some guacamole for snack, chose some work off the shelves, listened to a read aloud, and played outside in the mud puddles. Back for more tomorrow!
We had a painting party and most of the paint got on the walls.
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Along with Sundrops Montessori Dunes West Campus, we also have available Campus' located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant and in the heart of downtown near Wagoner Terrace.
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Sundrops Montessori is a community in which students love for learning and self esteem is fostered and nurtured. Our mission to to follow the child to their fullest potential , honoring Dr. Montessori's principals and educational methodology.
The CCSD Elementary Learning Community is made up of 27 primary and elementary schools from across Charleston County School District. Terri Nichols is the Associate Superintendent of the CCSD Elementary Learning Community.