Pre/K

Preparing for Adulthood: Expanding the Traditional Home Economics Focus

Teacher Sara Sobkoviak’s new Mount Madonna School (MMS) course for senior students, Adulting 101, is focused on bringing every-day life experiences into the classroom. The class is an expansion of last year’s Culinary Studies course, with additional topics, including sustainable gardening, healthy…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz. Behind the Teacher’s Desk, “Lighting the Fire,” by Lisa Catterall

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, October 2019, Behind the Teacher’s Desk, “Lighting the Fire,” by Lisa Catterall. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel — Socrates “I have to do what? Talk about how a living…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz: Research Supports a “Playful” Approach to Pre/K Learning

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, August 2019, “Brain Building: Research Supports a “Playful” Approach to Preschool/Kindergarten Learning,” by Hema Walker. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world,…

Glimpses of the 41st annual Ramayana! from Sitaarre TV

Thank you to our friends at SITAARRE TV for the time and care that went into the interviews with cast and Director Sampad Kachuck, Sadanand Mailliard and Head of School Supriya McDonald at  Mount Madonna School’s 41st annual Ramayana!. Click on each photo to view a…

Preston Merchant’s 2019 Commemorative Ramayana! Photobook Available

Many of you in the Mount Madonna School and Mount Madonna Center community may have had a chance to connect with photographer Preston Merchant at Ramayana! recently. This is Preston’s sixth year documenting the Ramayana! through behind the scenes images! We are…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz: Potential and the Value of Sitting on the Bench

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, June 2019, “Potential and the Value of Sitting on the Bench,” by Lisa Catterall. I would never have thought I was capable of sitting on the bench as the number two man. And it showed me that…