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A Montessori Inspired Historical Halloween

Written by Christina Trujillo

Halloween is typically a holiday focused on candy and costumes. At Emerson and Hacienda School, we take a Montessori inspired approach to the holiday.

Each year students select a person who has made a positive contribution to our world to represent at our annual Historical Halloween performance. Students research and prepare first person speeches and create costumes.

Students practice library research skills while learning more about the life of their chosen historical figure. The goal is to inspire students by the people who’ve made a difference in history in spite of adversity. Choosing historical figures and performing them in chronological order teaches students about their place in history and the world community, which they are a part of. The speeches encourage students to utilize their public speaking skills and develop their individual voice.

Parents along with any outside families looking to learn more about a Montessori elementary education are welcome to join, meet our staff, and experience our unique community firsthand.

Emerson School

Friday, October 30th at 5pm

2800 W Bayshore Road

Palo Alto

Hacienda School

Friday, October 30th at 4pm

3800 Stoneridge Drive

Pleasanton

Interested in learning more? Schedule a tour today!

Christina Trujillo

Christina is a Senior Administrator at Early Learning Institute, a Palo Alto-based organization that operates child care centers and private schools in the Bay Area—including the HeadsUp! Child Development Centers in Palo Alto, North San Jose, and Pleasanton, Emerson School in Palo Alto and Hacienda School in Pleasanton—and offers writing programs for school-age children.

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