Parents, teachers, and students alike all love the holiday season. This time of year is a great way for everyone to reflect and be encouraged by the potential and talent of all our students! As we commemorate this Giving Tuesday, check out some ways to show support for the communities we serve, and it starts with giving our families, students, and staff a big thank you! #1 - Show your love - The first opportunity to show your support is by leaving a review. If your child loves our school, tell someone about us! Go to our social media and google pages and leave a few thoughts on how our school has positively influenced your child’s life. It only takes a few minutes, and your thoughts can bring that amazing experience to other families who might be looking for it. #2 - Donate supplies - Another great way to give back to our school is to give your favorite teachers some supplies. Anything from pencils to hand sanitizer is appreciated, and those supplies support the class as a whole. #3 Give thanks - Finally, who doesn’t love a hand-written note? Write a thank you card to those [...]
The nature of this pandemic has left some kids with a heightened sense of stress and anxiety while in-person learning at schools. Educators are hearing common concerns in the classroom pertaining to physical and social interactions. Students are facing amplified covid-related mental health issues more than ever before. To be successful academically in this new learning environment, social and emotional needs must be addressed. That’s why we place an emphasis on caring for the “whole child.” Dove Academy of Detroit employs a full-time social worker and a multi-tiered system of support coordinator (MTSS) to help students who are struggling with non-traditional stressors. This free resource offers students an outlet to improve their emotional health with education on how to help manage emotions and establish and maintain supportive relationships. The result, a more rounded, whole child approach. We spoke with Choice School Associates Social Worker, Carlton Jackson, from Dove Academy of Detroit who addressed many of the questions he is encountering from his students. Check out his advice to students and parents! Student Question: What Happens If I'm Feeling Sick? https://youtu.be/N-jrDHVh36k Student Question: What If I Accidentally Give Someone A Hug or High Five? https://youtu.be/40IkulPtdFg Student Question: What Happens [...]
Here at Macomb Montessori Academy, we could hardly await the start of another exciting year with our families and students. With last year's circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a breath of fresh air to continue with our normal in-person learning environment. We held several events, all of which got us off to a fantastic start, the momentum of which we hope to carry through the rest of the school year. The first of those events would of course be our first day on Sept. 7th. We had an amazing turn-out and it was so great to connect with old friends and continue to make new ones. Just a few days later we begun a bagel sale which will continue every Thursday, the proceeds of which ensure that every day at MMA is better than the last. Another fantastic event held this month was the Goodies with Grandparents event in which we sent students home with special care packages designed to reflect the special role that grandparents play with out students. We wanted to show appreciation to the families that support our students, and we were able to in a profound way. The last of our events in the [...]
It's that time of year again for back-to-school season! We know this is a busy time for both parents and students alike, so we at MMA put together five tips to ensure a seamless transition from summer vacation to the start of the new school year. Tip number one is to battle back the worries! Returning to school can be stressful for some kids. Having a conversation about how they are feeling and encouraging open communication can start us off on the right foot. Tip number two is to nurture your child's independence. As your child grows and enters a new grade, they will need to learn how to do things themselves. It's important for them to practice day-to-day activities like tying their shoes and writing their name. Tip number three is to establish a healthy sleep routine. Small adjustments are easier to embrace than sudden ones, so be sure to start getting them back into a normal bedtime routine. Sleep helps them stay energized and focused throughout the day, so this is an important one! Tip number four is to prepare early for the first day of school. This means planning their outfit, packing their book [...]
As our kindergartners wrap up their year, they have been talking about what they would like to be when they grow up. Today, they dressed up as what career they would like to follow when they are older, and sang a song about growing up. Way to go Kindergarteners! Bright futures ahead! Check out their video on YouTube using this link! https://youtu.be/55o21i8tulQ
This year we have based all of our room names on a "Michigan" theme. We had a lot of fun with it! Take a look at some of our room names!
Have you met Ms. Anne? Ms. Anne is our Montessori Instructional Coach! She loves spending time with her family. Camping and playing the board game Catan are their favorite things to do together. Did you know she has attended three different universities?! How cool! Say hi to Ms. Anne by commenting on our Facebook post!
Dear MMA Community, At Macomb Montessori Academy, Black Lives Matter! The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who are targeted because of their skin color have shaken me to the core. As your leader of this school, it is important that we speak out against these atrocities. The tragedies, murders and injustices that have taken place are devastating. Leaving me with the feelings of sadness, anger and unrest, hoping that we can find peace and equality for all as an outcome of these tragedies. Macomb Montessori Academy was founded almost 7 years ago on the fundamental premise that students, teachers, staff and family members have seeds of greatness within us, regardless of their skin color. We are committed to building an inclusive environment here at MMA, one that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. We still stand on this promise, and we aren't backing down now. An important aspect of creating an inclusive environment is having open and honest conversations. Erica Prime, the lead psychologist at Macomb Montessori Academy, compiled a comprehensive resource list for parents and guardians to have conversations with children about what happened to George Floyd and other [...]
Our very own Ms. Chevon was featured in A Healthier Michigan's article about distance learning! Read her advice to parents below. Many teachers stressed that homeschooling your kids during this time should be a partnership with their teachers and schools. Parents should simply do the best they can, remembering that providing love and support to your kids is one of the most important things you can do right now. “Teachers have your backs and are here for you at this time,” said Chevon Chenault-Starnes, a 2nd–3rd-grade teacher at Macomb Montessori Academy. "Don’t try to take on too much on your own. Take this time to spend moments with your child, read to them, write stories with them and let them be imaginative. Look to your child’s teacher for guidance and we will get through this together.” Read the entire article here.
"Rainbows over Michigan" started as a way to bring love and joy to our essential workers in each neighborhood during this uncertain time. It is being used in neighborhoods all over the state as a way to share our hope and give some inspiration. Mrs. Chevon and her daughters decided to join the movement and this is their final product (above)! We want to see your artwork if you have joined as well, and if not, may this be inspiration for you to do the same! Share your ideas with us on Facebook! We are thinking of all our MMA families during this time, and know we are all here for you!