Please join us for a journey through the Geography, Diversity and Anti-Bias work at Hilltop Montessori School. This year, we will focus on the Geography curriculum that has been a key component of the Montessori curriculum for 100 years. We have materials and lessons at all levels that celebrate the commonalities and differences of people and places across the globe. We have further enhanced these areas recently though our lens of “anti-bias”
Prospective parents are invited to join us at our open house on Tuesday, January 29th. We will start at 9 am with a tour of the campus and classroom observation. At 10 am teachers and students will be on hand to answer your questions and share their experience.
This is an adults only event.
Starting at 9 am with a tour of the campus and classroom observation. At 10 am teachers and students will be on hand to answer your questions and share their experience.
This is an adult only event.
Executive Function at School and Home: What is it and why does it matter?
This year Hilltop will be offering a special presentation, “Executive Function at School and Home: What is it and Why does it matter?” with speaker Debbie Tracht, a Learning Specialist with expertise in Literacy, ADHD and the emerging field of Mind, Brain and Education.
This topic has been in the news more and more frequently as a discussion around the critical skills necessary for success not only in the classroom but ultimately in the complex world that lies ahead for our children. Dr. Maria Montessori was acutely aware of the importance of these skills and specifically referred to the child’s experience in the classroom as a time of “normalization”, a shift from disorder, impulsivity, and inattention to self-discipline, independence, orderliness, and peacefulness. We hope this talk will further our understanding of how we can teach our children what executive function skills are and how they can practice these skills in school and at home.
Here is an article that speaks specifically about the importance of developing executive function at early age.
We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30pm .
The presentation will cover topics such as:
What is Executive Function and how does it relate to ADHD
Many factors that can impact Executive Functions
Recognize Executive Function strengths and weaknesses at home and school
Strategies to build and support Executive Functions
Cost: by donation
Location: Arts Barn at Hilltop Montessori School
Space is limited, RSVP at email@example.com or call 802-257-0500
Friday, October 26, 5:30-7:30
Hilltop Montessori School Arts Barn
Children and Adult Costumes Encouraged!
8:45-9:00 am – Coffee & Tea in the Arts Barn
9:00-9:30 am – Introduction by Tamara Mount, Head of School
9:30-10:00 am – Student/Teacher Panel Discussion
10:00-10:45 – Classroom Visits
10:45-11:45 – All School Sing in the Arts Barn
All Parents, All Programs are invited to learn about the upcoming year, curriculum topics, expectations and building student-parent-teacher relationships. Parents play a critical role in their children’s education.
Toddler, Children House and Lower Elementary
4:30pm Family Welcome, 5-6 pm Classroom Teacher Presentations
Upper Elementary and Middle School
5:30pm Family Welcome, 6-7 pm Classroom Teacher Presentations
This evening will provide:
- greater understanding of academic work and social development
- ways for you to be involved in your child’s education and create consistent expectations and experiences!
Tuesday, May 8th
Tour of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
with Barbara Sahli and students of Malik Academy
Lunch at café with students of Malik Academy
Meet with Brother David Vryhof from the monastery of the Society of St. John
Eucharist Service, Society of St. John the Evangelist
Last Supper in Harvard Square
My favorite part of the visit to the ISBCC was the call the prayer. The chanting was just extraordinary, and everyone worshipping Allah side by side rang so beautifully of peace and connection.
Today I did something I’ve never done before: go to a Mosque. I studied Islam, but seeing it in practice was enlightening. We started by putting on our hijabs. But putting it on, I suddenly felt part of something larger than myself. Instead of feeling oppressed, I felt connected to those millions of women proudly wearing them all over the world.
It was so great and beautiful to meet with the kids from Malik Academy. I have said that you don’t fully know a religion until you meet with people from the religion, but now I think you can’t fully know a religion until you meet with people of your own age from a religion.
A Story from the Islamic Society of Boston and Cultural Center
When my hijab came undone, Anisa fixed it for me. I made a friend. The end.
It is one of the most amazing feelings in the world to hug a group of people goodbye who you only met that day but already love. I wish we could have spent some more time with the Malik Academy students. They made me feel comfortable, even though I was wearing a hijab and was in a place I did not know. I feel sooooo lucky to have had this experience and I will never forget it. It’s amazing that people from different backgrounds and with different beliefs can have so much fun.
The monastery made me want to try out the monastic lifestyle. There was a welcoming a feeling all throughout the church. All the brothers seemed very happy and kind. Out of everywhere we’ve been, this has been the closest one to my religion.
Call to Prayer at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Monday, May 7th
Sri Lakshmi Hindu Temple
Lunch in Harvard Square
Harvard Art Museum
Dinner – Harvard Square
The Humanist Hub Discussion Group with Greg Epstein
This morning we had a beautiful experience at the Sri Lakshmi Temple. Raju was our guide, and he was very welcoming. Rama, a volunteer at the temple, also was a part of that welcoming and his salt and sugar story was clever. All around the room were carefully carved shelters for each manifestation of God. It wasn’t so much the shelters that made the beauty, but the statues inside them. Each deity was clothed in silk and shimmering jewelry. Their carved expressions were of glorious victory or serenity.
The tranquility of the Sri Lakshmi Temple was amazing. Rama had a beautiful story that made a lot of sense about how you know that God is there (sort of). If you put sugar in water, it dissolves. Then if you put salt in, it dissolves as well. But, if you taste the water, you can taste the salt and sugar. I like the notion of the mother is God and father is God. It was truly inspiring to hear that.
After lunch we walked to the Harvard Art Museum. It was amazing, overwhelming, but also felt more serene than any museum I’ve ever been to. After looking at many of the different art pieces, I realized the irony that all the images of death and pain looked the most alive, whereas the live people portraits often have a dead look in their eyes.
Finally, we went to the Humanist Hub. I was overwhelmed by the distance our conversation moved. Greg Epstein had filled the place of religion with a different type of community. He spoke with the air of a preacher, but a message of a different side. Our whole conversation was filled with ideas that I had not thought about, and a new perspective from our class that I hadn’t heard.
Line, shape, color
Is the wife grieving?
Or just paint?
Devoted to Devas
Small and large
Doubt, yet search for good
None are perfect.
Soundscape from Sri Lakshmi