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May River Montessori offers inspiring learning environments for ages 2-14

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May River Montessori

School Address:
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC, 29910

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 2557, Bluffton SC, 29910

843-757-2312
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About May River Montessori

Our Mission

To inspire a lifelong passion for learning, to nurture creativity and independence, and to foster compassion and acceptance of others within an authentic Montessori environment enriched by the cultures and ecology of our Lowcountry home.

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May River Montessori

Our Vision

To provide an educational experience and community that fosters within the next generation world-changers and peacemakers. 

Our Heritage

May River Montessori opened its doors in August of 1987 to 17 young children who became the school’s first students. In four short years, the school’s growth exceeded the capacity of the original site. Over the last three decades, the school has continued to grow through three relocations and over seven major additions and renovations to its current home. May River Montessori has played a significant role in the social and educational environment of the growing Bluffton community.

The brainchild of two mothers, May River Montessori, has grown and flourished throughout the years, touching the lives and hearts of hundreds of families. In turn, each of these families has become a beautiful part of May River Montessori’s heritage and has helped to make the school what it is today.

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May River Montessori

Our Organization

May River Montessori Is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501 C-3 corporation. Voluntary contributions to MRM, where no goods or services are received in turn, are tax deductible as defined in the IRS guidelines. May River Montessori will look beyond tuition income to voluntary contributions from families and friends of the school who want to invest in the school’s development.

The school is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) and operates under the guidelines of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

What is the Montessori Method?

The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child carries unseen within, the adult he/she will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, children must have freedom – freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order, and learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail his/her senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of self and the environment.

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Staff

Our caring team of teachers and guides is dedicated to helping your child grow through the proven Montessori Method.  If you are interested in joining our team please contact us at Office@MayRiverMontessori.com.

 

Policy of Non-Discrimination

May River Montessori admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other school administered programs.

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May River Montessori

Policy of Tolerance

May River Montessori chooses to be embracive and tolerant of the religious backgrounds of its students and welcomes the sharing of the cultural aspects of those religions in a spirit of respect. The children often offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God before snacks and meals. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Easter are celebrated as holidays. American patriotic holidays are also observed in accordance with the national calendar.

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May River Montessori3 days ago
January Art Program Update!

We just can’t get enough of the masters at May River Montessori! Works by Mary Cassatt, Paul Klee, Berthe Morisot, and Vincent Van Gogh have inspired many wonderful paintings by our young primary and elementary artists in the past couple of months. I have been blown away by the creativity and imagination I witness on a daily basis!

Instead of keeping colors clean and only using one at a time, which is customary in our Studio practice, we have been experimenting with “double loading” and short brush strokes. Double loading, used by many impressionists including Mary Cassatt and Vincent Van Gogh, uses 2 or 3 (versus 1) carefully chosen colors on the brush at once. In this application, white paint is essential.

The addition of white in acrylic and liquid watercolor paints is a phenomenal way to create pastel shades as well as enhance the coverage of any chosen color. Using white is like building in primer and the amount you use will dictate the color you produce. Our young artists loved this technique and blended some seriously dreamy colors in the process!

In our study of Berthe Morisot’s Vase with Flowers, we discovered that we LOVE how tempera sticks behave on top of tempera cake (that has dried)! When working the creamy/translucent/shimmering nature of tempera sticks over the almost powdery nature of tempera cakes, a beautiful union is formed. “WOW!” was heard throughout these classes as we were awed by the new shades of color created by combining these two forms of paint!

We have been taking two and often three days to complete works, cultivating patience and respect for the creative process. One of the best parts of my day is when I hear students express delight or satisfaction with their work and that they want MORE. I also love hearing when students do another version of a painting we’ve done in class and take pride in the result as well as the investment in their creative practice! Having a creative space at home is highly encouraged!

In our tribute to Paul Klee’s famous “Cat and Bird” painting, we used oil pastel resist with tempera cake and created a kitty gallery in the primary building that warmed the hearts of all our cat-loving students and staff! Speaking of oil pastel. Please know that if the artist desires to keep the work super clean, placing wax or parchment paper between our hands and the canvas helps avoid smudges as well as pastel mess.

In the Oak Room, we took a detour from Impressionism to pay tribute to the creative mecca of Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Straying from traditional Egyptian colors, we ventured into fluorescent and metallic oil pastels because a little bling is always fun, especially when you have to decorate a collar! Guided drawing was our process of choice and grids helped us achieve correct proportion. Egyptians used grids as well to create their figures on the pyramid walls. Grids can be incredibly helpful in demystifying the art of drawing.

In the Grove, we just completed our Drawing and Painting the Lowcountry elective. Sunsets, Palmettos, and oyster shells were our main focus; bleeding tissue, watercolors, oil pastels and Sharpies were our chief tools. It’s amazing to hear the hush of a room of focused artists working on fine black line detail. The works produced in these classes are simply amazing - so unique and representative of each budding artist!

In the Cottage, we created bleeding tissue prints as well as stamped shape collages with acrylics on recycled cardboard. It’s impressive to see how industrious and focused these youngest of our artists can be when in the creative groove! Give them a smock, tools and canvas and they go to town!

Friends in primary have been super excited about their OWL yarn paintings which have just begun. Stay tuned for our next post to see how they turned out!

Again, I would like to thank our parent community for all the cardboard donations AND yarn cutting in preparation for ongoing projects! I would also like to thank all my Studio friends who are always wanting to help prepare for and clean up after class. They save me multiple trips to and fro and I don’t know what I would do without all their beautiful and eager extra hands and hearts!

Happy creating!
Miss Sari

#MontessoriArt #ArtProgram #SchoolArt #Picasso #Vangogh #PaulKlee #MaryCassatt #BertheMorisot

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May River Montessori6 days ago
Our upper elementary students in the Oak room participated in a judged science fair today via zoom. Our students presented many interesting projects attempting to answer questions like: "Does Kool-aid stain clothing?" or "Does water have memory?"

Pictured here are some of the students presenting their project in a practice session on Wednesday to their classmates for review and critiques.

Best of luck to all of our students who participated!

#sciencefair #montessoriscience #elementaryscience #stem

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May River Montessori2 weeks ago
Special Highlight: This month our middle school students are learning from a local artisan in the art of Haiku. Miho Kinnas is instructing the class this month on Haiku and poetry. She is a Japanese born poet and translator who has authored two books, "Today, Fish Only" and "Move Over, Birds".

Pictured here is the class presenting their Haiku for their classmates to review and critique.

We are excited to have Miho and see our students exploring these historic art forms.

#haiku #montessorihaiku #middleschool #adolescents

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May River Montessori2 weeks ago
Welcome back from Winter Break!

We are happy to have school in session once again to start off 2022! It looks like the students are already getting back into the rhythm.

#winterbreakends #backtoschool #2ndsemester

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May River Montessori2 weeks ago
Happy New Year! Let's take a look at some of Dr. Montessori's perspective to get started this year!

“In the child is much knowledge, much wisdom. If we do not profit from it, it is only because of neglect on our part to become humble and to see the wonder of this soul and learn what the child can teach.” —Maria Montessori, The Theosophist

#mariamontessori #mariamontessoriquote

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May River Montessori3 weeks ago
We hope you all are enjoying your holiday break and this gorgeous weather!

We also wanted to share a huge thank you to our families and community this holiday season. We collected a truck-load of gifts this year for CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). https://capabeaufort.org/

Pictured here are our 7th-8th grade adolescent students helping to load the truck.

THANK YOU for your generosity!

#capabeaufort #capa #communityoutreach

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Do you have questions or are you interested in learning more about our school and programs? Send us a message or email us at Office@MayRiverMontessori.com

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843-757-2312

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