There are many aspects of the Elementary Workshop Montessori School that make us special. First and foremost, we are a Parent Co-op. Our families pitch in on everything from painting to fundraising. Parents help out on projects, in the classrooms, and library, and on field trips. Having Moms, Dads, and other significant adults play such an important role in their school helps children learn the value of education, and keeps the school and home connection strong.
Children at EWMS wear slippers during their work time. This keeps them comfortable as they work, keeps the school quieter so they can work, and keeps it cleaner so they can work in a beautiful environment.
Most Fridays the entire school body congregates for an assembly. Assembly topics vary from Pedestrian Safety to show cats to judo. Guest speakers have included visitors from foreign countries, experts in carving, and students from the school sharing their work and projects. Assemblies are an opportunity to share a song and learn something all together.
At the end of May and just into June, the children in EII pack up and go to Cape Henlopen for three days of classes at the Nature Center, and lots of time cooking together, spending time at the beach, and generally bonding before the long summer break. The children in EI spend one night at Cape Henlopen at the end of the week after the EII group returns.
Our school celebrates holidays from a traditional and ethnic perspective rather than a religious one. To enhance our educational program, we welcome parents and children to share their celebrations with their classes. Typically our holiday celebrations are observed through special food, stories, songs, and art projects. We seek to avoid the over-commercialization of holidays and focus instead on their true meaning and the sharing with others. We invite our parents and siblings to dress up and join us on Halloween Morning, for example, when we have a parade in the neighborhood, followed by a celebratory circle at which we can see each other’s costumes, and then booths staffed by parents and students for everything from donuts-on-a-string to hand painting. It’s a fun way to learn about and participate in a traditional American children’s celebration.