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December 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Greensboro Montessori School Gym
2856 Horse Pen Creek Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
Doug Williams, Upper School Faculty

Junior High Holiday Marketplace

Each year Greensboro Montessori School’s Junior High students take part in a entrepreneurial project that culminates with a Holiday Marketplace in December. Students form teams, with each group developing a small business plan with a variety of handmade products for sale. During the course of the project, the students learn the real-world skills of entrepreneurship, including how to conduct research and development for their products; pay rent, utilities and taxes; develop marketing strategies; repay their start-up loans; and calculate their profit margin.

On Tuesday, December 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., student teams will open their storefronts in the Gym. Parents, students, friends and neighbors are welcome to come and shop for the holidays. Items range from baked goods, snow globes, stuffed animals, jewelry, artwork, hats, scarves and much, much more.

While the Junior High Holiday Marketplace provides a wonderful service to our students and their families, even more, this project offers practical experience in entrepreneurship for our Junior High students. To be successful, our seventh, eighth, and ninth graders must collaborate as a team, develop products, market their business, and execute a retail sales plan. At the same time, these students build confidence, creativity, and business acumen through completing real, purposeful work.

Throughout the school year, the Junior High curriculum includes organized sessions where students participate in practical life experiences in preparation for life in the adult world. For instance, Fridays are dedicated to our Junior High students’ careers curriculum. Students engage in a plethora of meaningful work (e.g., management, finances, hospitality, agriculture, production, research and design, etc.), which builds skills, encourages mutuality and interdependence, and peaks intellectual curiosity. Maria Montessori believed that adolescents should learn about production and exchange and in doing so, would come to understand economic principles, resources, hospitality, etc. This work would also provide a context for understanding human civilization and the students’ role within it. Greensboro Montessori School’s Junior High careers curriculum is our rendition of this key principle in Maria Montessori’s adolescent teachings.