Last weekend, my family and I were invited to Mikailova Montessori School to help ring in the traditional celebration of Maslenitsa. I can still hardly believe that I was able to take part of this type of cultural event at a Montessori school! It was evident that this school has built a strong community, full of committed families, teachers, and students. The children were friendly, inquisitive, and clearly had put forth a lot of effort in preparing for this event.
|Several classes participated in plays depicting traditional Russian folk tales and stories.|
|Tea was served from several traditional samovars.|
|Children and adults enjoyed various games. Here the children are practicing flipping blinis (Russian pancakes).|
|Part of the Maslenitsa celebration includes symbolically parting with Winter by burning a scarecrow and welcoming Spring.|
|What would it be with out dancing?!
|The students prepared a vast array of handiworks ranging from knitted bracelets to pottery which were sold during the event. Proceeds went directly to the school – what a fantastic way to include the children in fundraising!|