Imaginary Island - A Rite of Passage for our 3rd Year Students
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry." ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
The Lower Elementary third year students are getting ready to complete their Imaginary Island Projects.
The Imaginary Island 3rd year curriculum
reflects many aspects of a third year student’s Montessori Education: math,
geography, culture, science, language and literature. The students design and
create an island with a self-sustaining civilization that encompasses all the “Needs
of People” learned throughout their Montessori education. The physical
characteristics will be drawn from their knowledge of geography and the study
of world biomes in science. The maps are calculated to scale relative to the
longitude and latitude chosen and the available area. Written work will reflect
the geography, daily life, culture and government of the inhabitants along with
a fictional “creation myth” or legend indicative to the culture/island. This is
always a much-anticipated end of the year project and the end results are quite
imaginative and impressive.