Blog : Local Artists Share Craft With Students

By Ken | Jan 16, 2015 | in

The Brixham Montessori Friends School is an independent school for children two to 11 years of age in York, Maine that combines the Montessori tradition with the Quaker-inspired Friends movement and green practices and sustainability. They are currently having an artist-in-residence program, while their art teacher is on maternity leave. Local artists are sharing their talents with the students. So far, BMFS has had a clay sculptor and a painter and they currently have a paper maker in residence.

BMFS has recently completed work on a small greenhouse on their property and have been doing insulation work within the school to fix some heat leaks. The Montessori tradition allows for independence and freedom of choice with a child's natural psychological development and the Quaker-inspired Friends movement teaches the value of peace, simplicity, community, and equality. BMFS goes even further in child development by bringing an increased emphasis on green programs to their students; including composting, recycling, environmental awareness/stewardship, and sustainable living. The curriculum itself includes using the natural land around the school with seed planting, bird watching, and vernal pools.

 

BMFS offers a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio allowing for personal attention and creativity growth. Originally founded as the Orchard Street Montessori School in Portsmouth in 1997, the school relocated to York in 2000 and adapted its current name. As of now, BMFS has outgrown two buildings and is reaching capacity in its current location.

The school, as part of their green and sustainable business practices and teaching, pushes the reuse of materials and products, even much of the furniture and teaching materials utilized within the school have been previously used. A comprehensive recycling program, including recycling food scraps as chicken feed and composting. Teaching the value of the environment, including maintaining a vegetable garden and having chickens on the property to replace fertilizer. Their green and sustainable business practices and teaching help students develop their natural sense of responsibility to contribute to the environment and the betterment of the community becoming green-minded citizens.

Green Alliance members receive 15% off their BMFS application fee. Not a member? Join here!