OLD COLONY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Hingham, MA
The Old Colony Montessori School has held a special place in the consciousness of this South Shore community for a long time and was looking to solve practical problems as well as find a way for their site to reflect the hands-on philosophical direction for which the school was so well known and respected. Lemon Brooke worked with a team of teachers, classroom support staff, parents and administration to develop a program that could be implemented in phases over time as priorities dictated and as the funds became available. Organized bi-laterally, with a preschool at one end of the property and the elementary school at the other, a connector path became the essential organizing element around which opportunities for play and exploration were built. Integral to how children at the school learn is independent choice-making, a strategy that is supported by the development of two new spaces, an outdoor sport court and shade trellis that serve to identify the school for visitors, and an outdoor classroom adjacent to a wetland where students are immersed in a natural, sensory rich environment.
CLIENT: Old Colony Montessori School