When you envision your child’s education, do you see them reading a textbook cover to back? Here at Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change (MMAEC), the world is our guidebook. Science and nature guide children at MMAEC to experience learning. What makes us great is our belief that children thrive because we allow their learning to expand to endless possibilities – becoming an individualized learning path for each student.
At MMAEC we give students learning options. What better way to learn about water filtration than helping revitalize rivers? Learning may begin in the classroom, but our students move from desks to dirt, planting seeds in soil, and tending to our gardens to see what happens afterward. However, just like snowflakes, we know no two children are alike. We accompany multiple different learning styles by incorporating outdoor classroom learning, with the indoor classroom.
From preschool through 8th-Grade, we offer a complete, fully accredited Montessori-based education grounded in the disciplines and rewards of science.
That means we make efforts to recycle, be environmentally-conscious, and be energy-efficient in all that we do in our school. We even have a compost bin where we dump our vegetable and fruit-based waste that then turns into the nutrient-dense soil for our garden.
We teach more than just the core subjects. Students participate in the Character Choices Program which is designed to help students develop their personal character, become lifelong learners, and transform into quality citizens within their communities.
Character Choices focuses on nine monthly traits, which are woven into the curriculum throughout the entire year. Our method focuses on teaching the whole child. Our Character Choices curriculum aligns with Common Core Standards, making it a regular part of the school day and our students’ dialogue. We are a place where children develop character traits that prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders.