“The child seeks independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind.” Maria Montessori
A glimpse into the Elementary Classroom where great value is placed on individual engagement in work. EVERY child has an individualized work plan in our school. We are celebrating our differences to create a more harmonized and accepting world in our little corner of the Universe!
Let’s talk about conflict between children, in the classroom and at home. Does it happen? Of course it does! It happens between siblings, between classmates, between parent and child, and between adults. It’s a normal part of learning to live within a family, a community and a society. Conflicts can be stressful to those involved; however, they also provide an opportunity to gain an awareness of the needs and thoughts of others IF they are mediated properly.
We are social beings and have a need to interact with others and to feel a sense of belonging. Did you know that we can use conflict as a learning opportunity? If conflicts between children are handled properly, both parties can benefit and continue to grow in their understanding that their importance in this world is not greater than that of another (i.e. developing humility). Read this to gain a better understanding of how we handle conflict in the Montessori classroom: http://www.mariamontessori.com/2010/07/23/conflict-break-it-up-and-break-it-down/
Our Elementary and Middle School students worked so hard on their in-class individual research assignments over the past few weeks and invited parents to school for Follow the Child Night on November 15th. Their research projects were impressive. What’s even better is how proud the children are of their hard work!
Although we aim to make EVERY DAY Peace Day, we enjoy turning the spotlight to Peace on this day. As a school community, we love to get together and share our thoughts on how we can be more peaceful in our daily lives. In the elementary classes, we learn about the history of Peace Day and the evolution of the United Nations. In the Children’s Houses, we learn about peacemakers throughout history…and how to follow in their footsteps and be peacemakers ourselves. We have held a lovely peace ceremony every year on this day.