Four generations for Grandparents' Day
Four generations of one family attended the Caboolture Montessori School recent Grandparents' Day.
Sarah Mulhare travels from the north side of Brisbane to teach at the school, where three of her four children, Audrey 11 (in Cycle 3) and Edith 8 (in Cycle 2) (Joanie in Cycle 1) are students, while youngest, Maisie, is on the wait-list to attend next year.
The girls' Great Grandma, Dorothy Kirby, from Bundaberg, attended Grandparents' Day, as did their grandfather Stephen and Grandma Elizabeth Kirby, from the south-western suburbs of Brisbane.
Great Grandma Dorothy had not attended CMS before, so Audrey rang her up to invite her and she came down from Bundaberg on the Queensland Rail travel train.
Dorothy said she was so thrilled she made the effort to come and it exceeded her expectations, commenting how wonderful it was to be a part of where her great-grandchildren learn and granddaughter works.
All grandparents had heard of Montessori but knew little about the process of how the children learn.
Great Grandma Dorothy said she was impressed at the Montessori materials Edith had shown her - the bead chains (skip counting, counting schemes, practice of number facts, short chain precises squares of a number and long chains perfect cube of a number). She was also impressed by Joanie (3 years) serving her morning tea.
Grandma Elizabeth was impressed with the hands on activities provided and loved the art showcase where she created some memories of her own making 'story sticks' using various materials and textures with her grandchildren.
Grandfather Stephen, having attended previous such days said it was "a day of treasured memories of their grandchildren at their various stages of development. We found Audrey and Edith particularly enjoyed decorating and making photo frames and getting an instant polaroid photograph with us as grandparents to remember the day”.
Caboolture Montessori School campus is located at 200 Old Gympie Road Caboolture. Phone 07 5495 5877. Find CMS on Facebook and www.cms.qld.edu.au