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Let’s Change

Michael Brown, Ph.D. | Brevard, NC We are a school for peace. This is central to our mission, our educational philosophy, our culture, and our practice. It is infused into all aspects of our curriculum and our relationships. And because of our commitment to peace, we must acknowledge that peace and justice are not evenly […]

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Nurturing the Spirit of our Children

MacKenzie Henry | Brevard, NC “If education recognizes the intrinsic value of the child’s personality and provides an environment suited to spiritual growth, we have the revelation of an entirely new child, whose astonishing characteristics can eventually contribute to the betterment of the world.” Dr. Maria Montessori Montessori education is often characterized by what is […]

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December 2019 Class Updates

Daniel Sprinkle | Brevard, NC The Owls and Otters are wrapping up their studies of Africa as we head into the holiday break. Days are spent hard at work, exploring works in more complex ways and paying attention to the seasonal changes happening around us. As the holidays approach, the Owls and Otter classes (as […]

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Seasons Greetings

Janna Carlson | Brevard, NC I sip my bright green spinach smoothie while waiting for my cinnamon oatmeal muffins to cool. A normal Saturday morning in the Carlson household. As the end of the year quickly approaches I find myself, like many people, thinking about loved ones, both friends and family. It is a time […]

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Practicing Gratitude with Community

Brevard, NC | Kayla C. Leed ‘Tis the season for traditions! At Mountain Sun Community School there are many ways these traditions are celebrated, both in school and in the homes of our students. “Belong” is one of the five keywords rooting Mountain Sun Community School’s philosophy. In this season of giving and receiving, MSCS […]

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November Class Updates

Jennifer Stewart | Brevard, NC The Owls and Otters have dug into their studies of Africa. A generous slew of guest speakers have come into the primary classes recently to share about their experiences with the African continent: Lee Choubane came to talk about her father’s Algerian heritage and her inherited love of couscous, Toby […]

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MSCS Students Exploring the Natural World

Brevard, NC | Kayla Leed Backpacking trips, bird banding, paddling 28 miles on the French Broad River, learning primitive skills, and spending a night in a tent: these are some of the things Mountain Sun Community School students do throughout the school year. Within the first three months of school, MSCS students have spent a […]

Montessori Language Work

Janna Carlson | Brevard, NC Nouns and Verbs and Adjectives oh my! Here we go on an adventure of discovery. This may be a difficult and tiresome journey at times but the path is paved in growth and learning. Our path is made clearer by the foundation created by Dr. Maria Montessori. On this foundation, […]

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The Montessori Philosophy: Cultivating Peaceful Independence

By Michael Brown, Ph.D. | Brevard, NC “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Dr. Maria Montessori.  More than a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori pioneered a method of education rooted in the observation that each child is […]

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Multilingual Education

Clare Desmelik | Brevard, NC Part of Mountain Sun Community School’s mission is to cultivate a love of learning through a challenging academic curriculum grounded in mutual respect and a sense of belonging.  Our students, all of us actually, are citizens of the world. So, naturally, challenging our students with language learning fits into our […]