Students in Stitches!

Students at the Montessori International Children’s House in Annapolis were in stitches – literally – when they adopted one of the 18th Century canvases as a school project.  Their work, The Sands House, will be on display as part of the first public exhibit of the Annapolis Tapestries opening in late January 2012.

Over a year, thirty children – some as young as three years old – helped make history, when the school community added their stitches to this one-of-a-kind needlepoint canvas.  Each student who helped stitch signed the Stitching Log which will become part of the Annapolis Tapestries permanent exhibit.

Ann Jensen, great-great-great-great-granddaughter of John and Ann Sands who purchased the home in 1771 and  the current owner of this home visited MICH and accepted the completed needlepoint tapestry on behalf of Mayor Ellen Moyer and the City of Annapolis.  Mrs. Burgess, MICH Administrative Director, thanked Mrs. Muffy Gawell, a MICH primary teacher, “for organizing and successfully completing this community service project that allowed our students to connect to the history in their own backyard.”

The Montessori International Children’s House, an independent Toddler through 6th grade school accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, has been inspiring excellence, nurturing curiosity and enhancing creativity for more than twenty years. MICH’s student centered learning community emphasizes hands-on experiential learning, respect for self and others, and the development of inquiry skills that enhance life-long learning.


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