Preparing them to run the world by giving them a world to run

Today’s students need to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, global collaborators, change makers, and directors of their own learning.

According to the book The Best Schools by Thomas Armstrong, two developmentally appropriate programs for elementary children are Montessori education and the MicroSociety model.

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Kenmont is in its 12th year of implementing the MicroSociety model.  We are proud to say we are the only school in the valley incorporating this model. Students in grades 1st through 6th grade participate weekly in this simulated society were learning experiences are authentic and interconnected to the real world. By following the guiding principles of the MicroSociety organization, students are able to find meaning and relevance in their environment. Kenmontville is our thriving MicroSociety. It is lead by an elected student government. Students have the opportunity to apply, submit resumes and interview for a job at Kenmontville.

MicroSociety also teaches students work ethics and money management. These experiences in turn help them have a better understanding of the real world.  It is learning at the highest end of Bloom’s Taxonomy learning objectives – application, synthesis, analysis and creativity.

Components of the program include:

  • Parent volunteer opportunities
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership training
  • Team building
  • Money management
  • Authentic learning

Our MicroSociety has the following ventures and agencies:

  • Student Council
  • IBC Bank
  • Teacher for Kenmont School
  • Dragonlicious Spa
  • Playground
  • Lab Rats Science Museum
  • KMS vloggers
  • Kenmontville Dragon Newspaper
  • Treasury Dept. / Tax Office
  • Peacekeepers
  • Kenmontville Manufacturing
  • Stagecraft
  • Post Office
  • Dragons R Us Toy Store
  • Green Lobster Restaurant
  • Yearbook
  • Kenmont Cares Non-Profit Organization

“Kids want to make meaning of their lives. If we treat them like they are not capable, we won’t get very far. We have to leverage what they do have and believe that if we give them opportunity, that they will rise to the occasion.”

-George Richmond , Founder of MicroSociety