On a recent day at MIR, a 5th grade student was dropped off just in time for the start of school. As he hurried to his class, a small 1st grade girl ran to catch up to him, calling hello. He briefly weighed calling a quick hello and continuing to class at his current pace, then slowed down, walking her to class.
A middle school student from The Grove School (an MIR alumni) was walking through the campus on his way to class when he stopped at a water fountain for a drink. A 4 year-old girl was at the fountain. She had finished her drink and was simply standing there. The middle school student waited politely for a few moments, then turned to his friend and said "I don't know what to do." The friend (also an MIR alumni) said "ask her if you can have a drink!" The first boy turned to the 4 year old and said politely "May I please have a drink of water?" The girl moved for him.
These two anecdotes are real occurrences observed by MIR staff passing by at opportune moments, and they are the rule rather than the exception. Connection is a basic human need. MIR works to create these moments of connection among students and families within the school and in the local and global communities through parent education, opportunities for participation, and community events.
MIR exists within a larger Montessori community both globally and locally. We share a campus with The Grove School, and the students of Grove and MIR have opportunities to come together formally and informally.
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"In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe