Clover students Lauryn Vinson and Catalina Rose Hall, 4, work on a number chart during their Montessori class at Griggs Road Elementary School. The Montessori program is entering its second year in Clover. Contributed photo
Clover students Lauryn Vinson and Catalina Rose Hall, 4, work on a number chart during their Montessori class at Griggs Road Elementary School. The Montessori program is entering its second year in Clover. Contributed photo

Education

Want your child to have hands-on, peer learning? Here is how to learn more in Clover.

By Amanda Harris

aharris@heraldonline.com

January 25, 2018 01:21 PM

CLOVER

Parents in Clover are invited to learn about a classroom experience focused on hands-on learning, peer learning and student choice.

The Clover school district is hosting two parent meetings at Griggs Road Elementary School on the Montessori method, which promotes mixed age classrooms in which older students share their knowledge with their younger peers, according to the district.

The first is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. The second is 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 6.

Parents must attend one of the meetings to pick up a registration form for their child. The program is open to all Clover students, including students who do not live within the Griggs Road zone.

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Registration forms are due March 2 and can be dropped off at the school the student is zoned to attend.

Griggs Elementary is home to the district’s Montessori program, which is entering its second year. The program, which Clover offered for the first time this school year, hosts 25 students ages 3, 4 and 5.

“Montessori also enables children to explore a variety of materials with differing levels of difficulty and fosters leadership skills,” a district statement reads. “Montessori represents a different approach to education that has successfully developed motivated and self-disciplined learners.”

Clover schools will select students eligible to enroll in the program during an open lottery from 12 to 12:30 p.m. March 9 in the main office at 604 Bethel Street. Families will then be notified of their placement. Families not placed in the program have the option of going on a waiting list.

Families who registered a pre-kindergarten aged child who is not selected for the Montessori program may opt to be screened for the district’s pre-kindergarten program.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

Want to go?

What: Clover Montessori program parent meetings

When: 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 or Feb. 6.

Where: Griggs Road Elementary School, 100 Griggs Rd