Students at The Cobb School, Montessori received a visit from a special magician. Sister Carol Ann performed two magic acts, first for Cobb’s younger students and a second for Cobb’s elementary students and special guests from McLean Senior Living Community. Yes, you read that right, Sister Carol Ann Nawracaj is a nun. She ran the Villa Maria School in Stamford, CT for over 30 years, and has been practicing magic even longer.
Sister Carol Ann’s performance didn’t just give kids the opportunity to be mystified. Her shows stressed the importance of learning. She told students, “In order to do magic, you need to be able to read, write and do math.” Several of her tricks had students doing math problems and reading specific words. One trick incorporated three separate ropes becoming one. She said the separate ropes represented students, teachers/staff, and parents in a school system – they all need to work together to create the “real magic” of a successful learning environment.
This magician with a message has an acronym for MAGIC – Motivate And Give Inspiration to Children.
Cobb’s Head of School, Mary Lou Cobb, was so pleased the children enjoyed the special event. Several children came up to her the next day and said they loved “her sister” and wondered “How did she do that?”
“Maria Montessori observed how children naturally soak up knowledge by pursuing areas that interested them – whether it is magic, oceanography or mathematics. By leveraging children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, we transforms education from something children “have to do” to something they enjoy,” said Mary Lou.
Investigation and inquiry are hallmarks of a Montessori education, so any activity in which a child is asking questions and seeking knowledge, is a good one. To learn more about Montessori’s focus on teaching students to become problem-solvers, call 860.658.1144 and schedule your tour.