Woodinville Montessori program exposing students to foreign cultures

Woodinville Montessori School in Bothell welcomed students from Thailand as part of the new student exchange program.

Fourth through sixth grade and junior high students welcomed their guests visiting for the three-week immersion. Eleven children accompanied by their group leader arrived in Seattle on the evening of April 20.

Head of School Mary Schneider and Program Director Nancy Kestek met the group at SeaTac. Host families brought them to their homes where they will reside until May 12.

During their visit the students will take part in several excursions to get to know their host area. They began with a trip to the Seattle Center where they enjoyed views of the city from the Space Needle and time to explore the EMP. They are also immersed in daily school life practicing their English and attending classes as part of Woodinville Montessori School’s Upper Elementary and Junior High programs.

A large part of the Montessori curriculum focuses on studying different countries and cultures.

“Bringing a cross-cultural experience to the classroom gives our students a first-hand account of overcoming language barriers and creating a sense of community with our fellow global citizens," Schneider said. "We are thrilled to welcome these students into our school, and look forward to further developing the program into a year-long opportunity.”

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