Experience Weeks take teaching & learning beyond the classroom walls at Harborlight Montessori
Childhood and adolescence is a time of exploring the world, investigating new ideas, pondering possibilities, and understanding themselves in relationship to all things.
Experience Weeks provide a balance of learning by doing, creating, and making. It is a time for going out into the world, learning independence, interdependence and the connections between all things and oneself.
It is a time for learning 'you'.
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Hands-on learning is an essential element of a Montessori education.
Students learn to research questions, think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively to master core academic content. Moving beyond the walls of the classroom to local institutions and the
natural landscapes of the North Shore presents new, more in-depth ways to investigate, understand, and learn.
Learn more about Harborlight's engaging, transformative and out-of-the-box fun -
WHERE & WHEN
Tuition & Fees
For Harborlight students, two Experience Weeks are included in the annual tuition. For all community students who enroll coming from public, private, and home schools, tuition is by prior registration. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available each week. For additional information about tuition and fees email Director of Finance.
Experience Weeks are located at and travel from Harborlight Montessori, 243 Essex Street, Beverly.
There are six (6) five-day weeks during the academic year
FEBRUARY (1 week)
MARCH (2 weeks)
APRIL (1 week)
JUNE (2 weeks)
that coincide with both public and private school academic calendars
Harborlight students register here:
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Students not currently enrolled art Harborlight may register here:
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As you read the courses available in this catalog you will notice that Harborlight is working together with many experts! Look for and click on the hyperlinks for our Community Partnerships with these amazing people, places and spaces!
WHY & HOW
Experience Weeks engage and develop four deep learning skills:
critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity.
The structure of these courses reflect a Montessori model of student-centered, interactive instruction that explores a particular course or topic in a 5- step cycle of learning that creates habits for future learning in college & career (see next page).
1. Interaction & Inquiry
Students develop and ask questions about their experience as they learn new course content and use research methods, exploration of environments, or reinterpret an existing experience at a deeper level.
Students engage in project-based learning to expand their understanding of new concepts. They learn through collaboration and planning their activities.
2. Reflective Observation
The experience and hands-on learning and of asking questions frames their thinking as they interpret and seek answers. Students receive non-evaluative feedback from teachers and experts in the field to summarize new information in an organized way.
Students apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to the world around them. Taking the notes, sketches, and observations from their journal as a guide.
Students are evaluated at the end of their coursework. They are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills both effectively and creatively.
Inland Explorers Journey of Learning through Marsh & Meadow
Design and 3D print through coding with the BlocksCAD 3D modeling program, while studying the coastal ecosystem of Magellanic Penguins with the staff of Lark Learning STEM. Beginning with the Japanese Paper Theater Story of the Penguin nesting in South America, and observation of migration, seasonal habitats and life cycles of coastal creatures, employ the basics of design, coding logic and movement, and engineer solutions to support the penguin ecosystem as a final project.
The Japanese Paper Theater Story of the Sunflower inspires observation at the inland marsh and meadow. Lark Learning STEM staff guide the use scientific methods to test and make predictions and design an inland habitat for the Meadow Lark and follow interaction between various animal species.
Use scientific methods to test and make predictions and design an inland habitat for the Meadow Lark and follow interaction between various animal species. Design a favorite creature and discover movement through synchronization experiments, and explore hands-on artistic 3D modeling concepts.
Create 3D Prints with BlocksCAD
We return to Gloucester Stage Company (GSC) for an intensive two-week experience in theatre production, onstage and backstage. In addition to acting, students participate in all aspects of production, including lighting and set design, costumes and props, rehearsing and performing. Actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers, and marketing and sales are all part of what it takes to stage an original production. The final theatre experience will culminate in an an original performance at GSC stage on 3/20 at 7:00pm & 3/21 at 2:00pm
Explore Ancient Greece or Egypt (choice based upon individual interests and/or past learning experiences). Explore and research ancient civilizations including- daily life, education, entertainment, economy and government. Create “artifacts” and other visual and performance art projects to complement this research. This Experience Week study will culminate in the creation of a “museum” showcasing projects and presentations.
Intensive Theatre Production
March 9-13 and 16-20
Uncovering Greece and Egypt
March 9-13 and 16-20
Exploring Instrumental Music
Music through Mentoring
Learn about artists who made a huge difference to international culture. Using the Peabody Essex and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums as our classrooms, explore the context – the art, time period and the social structures - in place at the time that these artists worked. The final presentation will be a Harborlight hallway display of original artwork produced individually and in collaboration with others attending the Experience Week.
"Creativity takes courage."
Join the professional musicians of Harborlight's music program for a week of solo and group music-making. Students currently taking instrumental lessons explore different styles of ensemble music and develop their technical and note reading skills. Those with little-to-no instrumental experience interact with a variety of instruments (piano, guitar, recorders, and percussion), to learn the basics of instrument playing and note reading, and small-group ensemble work. The week will culminate with a final performance.
Revolutionaries in the Art World
From Research to Practice
Study geology through small group work, experiments, research, art, music and games. Field study will take place at Halibut Point State Park and the Harvard Museum of Natural History . Points of reference will include- rock formation study and specimen collection and classification. Mineral sketch books, rock painting and collage will allow students to discover rocks as an art medium and inspiration. Research and study of the economic impact of the granite industry on the North Shore will round out this interdisciplinary course.
The Earth Science of Geology
Exploration, Experimentation & Inspiration
At the Water's Edge
Eco-poetics, Eco-Art and Coastal Ecology
Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for a series of interactive field trips designed to immerse students in the study of coastal ecology. We will plant eelgrass, conduct water testing and engage in a variety of stewardship activities to improve the health of the coastal ecosystem. Students will be challenged to express their observations and awareness through poetry and art. This course aims to inspire caring and respect for the environment, stimulate dialogue and encourage children to think about the long-term sustainability of their environment.
Take an in-depth look at our North Shore world, with its rich natural, cultural and human resources. Explore what makes the North Shore unique through a study of local biomes. This course will feature journaling, observation and reflection, and producing original art expressions. Bring a heightened awareness and perspective to the world we live in every day - gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of everything around us and a stronger sense of our place in the world.
"Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it."
Mapping Our Backyard
The Art and Science of Topography
The World Around Us
Embracing the North Shore
Study a variety of maps (physical, political, topographic, climate) and learn how they are used to display information about the world around us. Working on campus and around the North Shore, students will orientate themselves to the area and create a variety of maps as a group and individually. A culminating project will be creating topographical maps, learning to represent contour and other topographical features using different colors, shaded relief, and color gradients, employing the knowledge and experience they have gained throughout the week.
2020 Experience Weeks at a Glance
Experience Weeks are all 5-day enrollment only; partial-week enrollment is not available. Two (2) Experience Weeks are included in the academic year Harborlight tuition; all Six (6) Experience Weeks are included in Harborlight 'bundled tuition'. Others register as space is available. Experience Weeks are open to students enrolled at schools other than Harborlight and to our home-school friends. All enrollment is by receipt of registration - first-come, first served.
Exploring Instrumental Music, grades 1-3
Revolutionaries in Art, grades 4-9
The Earth Science of Geology, grades 1-3
At the Water's Edge,
The World Around Us,
Mapping our Backyard,