This session of OSMS's Service Club is open to students in Lower Elementary 3 (third grade) and Upper Elementary.
Service Club meets on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm for three weeks, starting 11/7 through 11/21/2019. Each week of this session will focus on a different basic human need (food, shelter, love, etc.). Students will participate in a different service project each session, culminating in leading the entire OSMS community in a shared project as part of our “Day of Gratitude” on 11/22. All projects will address situations where other human beings' basic needs are not being met (hunger, homelessness, isolation, etc.) and empower our students to help.
As Maria Montessori observed the children in her schools, she noticed that at about age six the child’s focus changes from the world inside them to the world around them. Each day at OSMS we see this in our students; they are filled with questions about fairness and justice. Our reaction as educators is to follow Montessori’s suggestion “give them the world.” Our world is a blue orb of beauty and plenty, but also of pain and need. Learning about the lives of suffering people always brings up questions like, “why does this happen?” and “what can I do?” Unfortunately, there is only so much of the world that fits into the classroom door. Instead, we are going out. A child learns by doing, Our faculty has designed and organized this unique opportunity to learn to serve in a Montessori way!