Today, we continue our Montessori Primer with a deeper look inside the Montessori classroom, beginning with the importance of peace.
Prepare the Environment for Peace
“Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori begins with the prepared environment for each plane of development as aesthetically pleasing and inviting space for the child to grow up naturally. Classrooms are clean, simple and orderly, yet rich in age-appropriate materials that aid in independence of body and mind with lessons in care of the self, care of the environment (physical and natural), and care of others. Children have a better emotional response in a serene and beautiful environment that is organized for their unique sensibilities.
Make Room for Peace Education
“Peace is always beautiful.” – Walt Whitman
Outer peace begins with inner peace. Children need special places that give them a sense of privacy that can serve as a soft refuge for times when hurt or angry feelings might lead to violent words or actions. Decorated humbly and lovingly, each of our classrooms has a peace corner, table, or shelf where children go to work through unsettled feelings. Peace quotes, art, journals, books, natural objects, or perhaps a sand garden give the child a place to reflect and restore calm. Older children learn to use the peace area for conflict resolution by modeling peaceful communication practices. Learning to use the peace area is a process that takes time, and is nurtured with positive adult guidance.
Join us on Friday as we continue our look at the Peaceful Classroom by examining Peace through Nature and Peace through Creativity.