Old Saybrook, CT –  The upper elementary students from The Children’s Tree Montessori School participated in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in Rome, Italy, April 25 through April 28, 2017. MMUN is an extracurricular activity in which students role play delegates of the United Nations and imitate UN Committees.

Montessori Model United Nations has partnered with the United Nations to create a program specifically for Montessori students, giving them hands on experience to learn about reason, justice and morality. The goal is to teach children about the importance of sustaining world peace and how countries do this through the United Nations organization.

The class worked hard to prepare for this life changing experience to become delegates for their chosen country of Senegal. They had to research Senegal, their culture, government, land, and people and completed four position papers; recreated the flag of Senegal, made an informational board and shared a cultural presentation with the 700 other attendees. They performed a well prepared routine to the music by talented Senegalese musician, Youssoupha Sidibe. The experience developed their research and writing skills, written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving and evaluative skills.

While at the conference, the students debated current global issues related to Senegal and world problems, while using their new found leadership and communicative skills in a real life global situation. In the end, they gained a better understanding of the need for peace and conflict resolution, while developing their own conflict resolution and debating skills.

While in Rome, the class was immersed in the rich history of the city. They were able to explore the Colosseum and surrounding ancient ruins, visit the historical Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more. They were fortunate to visit the very first Montessori school, Casa dei Bambini, or, Children’s House, which was opened in 1907 by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Montessori’s approach emphasises independence, freedom within limits, and educating the whole child. The method quickly spread worldwide and there are are now more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries.

The Children’s Tree Montessori School offers authentic Montessori education led by certified teachers for toddlers aged one to three, preschoolers ages three to six, and, elementary students from 1st through 6th grade. The school was founded in 1995 and is the only Montessori school in the area to offer programs for students 1-12 years old. The school’s mission is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment, in which children can develop a solid foundation and love of learning, using the Montessori Method, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or financial ability.
For more information on MMUN visit www.montessori-mun.org/us. The Children’s Tree Montessori School is located at 96 Essex Road., Old Saybrook, CT. 860-388-3536, www.childrenstree.org.