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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…

Mountain Sun Works with Ellie Elzerman to Develop Curriculum

By Kayla C. Leed | Brevard, NC Mountain Sun Community School, located at the Brevard Music Center, has offered the children of this community an independent, inspired education for over a decade. For children ages 3 through middle school,…

Homesick

Janna Barton Carlson | Brevard, NC Homesick. The first thought that pops in my head is the traditional meaning. When I was young I often stayed over at a good friend’s house. My best friend lived for 35 minutes from my house. This of course…
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December Classroom Updates

Jennifer Stewart | Brevard, NC Otter and Owl: The two younger classes have had parent and teacher conferences. Both classes are taking opportunities to go out and about with trips to the Library, Care Partners, and Pisgah Center for Wildlife…
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November Classroom Updates

Jennifer Stewart | Brevard, NC The Otter class is exploring the theme of autumn. They read a book by Jane Yolen about the change of the seasons. They spend outdoor time collecting colorful leaves, seeds, nuts, lichen, moss, and rocks. The kids…

October 2018 Class Updates

Jennifer Stewart | Brevard, NC For the International Day of Peace, all of the students made white paper flowers and performed songs of peace for special guests attending Elders Day. The students served snacks and drinks. The Elders were then…
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Mountain Sun Community School Raises Trout with Trout Unlimited

Kayla Leed | Brevard, NC Each year the Monarch class (grades 4-6) at Mountain Sun Community School raise trout from eggs in the classroom. The local Trout Unlimited chapter provides the class with all the materials needed to raise trout,…