MARCH 2, 2019. 9:00 -12:00
This event is free, open, and accessible to the public – all ages welcome!
Harborlight Montessori welcomes you to visit our campus on MARCH 3, 2019 to celebrate our annual Cultural Festival. Born from Harborlight’s World Language Program, the Cultural Festival is a way to share dance, music, art, customs, and languages from around the world with our Greater Beverly community of all ages and abilities. Upon arrival, guests receive passports to take on tour with them as they explore Japan, Spain, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, France, Mexico, England, and American Art and Sign Language. As they complete activities their passports will be stamped and, in many cases, mementos or snacks celebrating each nation are available to take with them.
The morning ends with live performances by two different cultural dance troupes. Harborlight is delighted to welcome the Gund Kwok Cubs: Children’s Lion Dance group. The boys and girls in the group range from ages 6 – 12 years-old, and gather from various towns throughout the Greater Boston area. The Gund Kwok Cubs are part of the adult troupe, Gund Kwok – the only Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States.
Last year, the Lion Dance ended to great applause as Bajucol prepared to perform. The Ballet Folklorico Colombiano Bajucol will again entertain the crowd with three separate dances from Argentina, Colombia, and Spain.
As part of their World Language Program, all of Harborlight’s students are exposed to Spanish language lessons in their daily curriculum and classroom experiences. Both Spanish and Mandarin are also available in Language Immersion classrooms. The Language Immersion Program is optional at the Children’s House level (PK-K) and Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3). To accomplish this recreation with Harborlight’s 3-5 year-old students, there are two teachers in the room at all times, one Native speaker who only speaks the Immersion language while the other speaks English. The goal for the Language Immersion Program is to lead the students from being bilingual to becoming literate in the languages.
Harborlight is pleased to open its doors to many guests and looks forward to carrying on the tradition to help engage our greater community and foster an appreciation for cultures near and far.
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