Each month we highlight an area of the classroom to further parental understanding of Montessori Principles & Practices.
What is the Culture Area of the Classroom?
The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects. Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology, and History are included. Art and Music are also considered a part of the Cultural Area of the classroom. The Montessori cultural studies is yet another thing that makes the Montessori classroom different from other ones. Maria felt that having knowledge and understanding of such subjects is what makes one a "cultured" person.
Cooperation, Peace, and Work
What good is knowledge if not combined with consideration for others. Peace is not studied as an independent subject, but with the study of examples from the past, and practice in serving food and helping each other.
Peace is the natural outcome of a method of education where children experience work with their hands and long periods of individual concentration and contemplation. In this way they are able to process and recover from all the input of our modern world. They learn that peace is not just the absence of war, but the way we treat each other in our daily lives, the way we communicate, and the way we solve problems. Peace begins inside us, at home, at school.
As you may have guessed, this month's theme is "Peace"; though it may not be what you think. Montessori's Peace Education is about character development, promoting social justice, fostering cooperation, diversity, respect and responsibility through awareness of self, community, culture and the environment. To celebrate Peace, our school will participate in World Peace Day on September 21st with a walk around Parque de Vida at 10am. A moment of silence will be observed at 12:00pm to honor global peace efforts.
|Educating for Peace: The Essence of Montessori|
BONUS! What Children Teach us about Peace.
|What Children Teach Us About Peace|