The Montessori Peace Curriculum

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“Establishing a lasting peace is the work of education.”

Maria Montessori, Advocate for Peace

Maria Montessori, medical doctor, educator and visionary, opened her first school, the Casa dei Bambini,  in Rome in 1907. In the next two decades, Dr. Montessori’s methods achieved worldwide currency,  in part through the publication of The Montessori Method (1912) and Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook (1914). In the early 1930’s, the changed political climate in her native Italy, namely the rise of fascism, made her work difficult, and in 1934, Dr. Montessori’s refusal to politicize her work and schools resulted in the shutdown of all Montessori schools and her departure from the country.

World unrest and her own exile led Maria Montessori to advocate publicly for peace, and thus make clear the connection between her teaching methods and a social and world order generated by respect, cooperation and the intelligent activities of citizens. In a series of speeches, conferences and other activities, conducted in India and Western Europe, Dr. Montessori spoke about educational reform and the benefits to a world society. A number of her lectures were published as Educazione e Pace (1949), translated, Education and Peace (1972). Her work, embraced by a worldwide community of educators, politicians and academics, earned her nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950 and 1951, and in recent years as well. Continue reading

Happy Grandparent’s Day!

Happy Grandparent’s Day to all of our special HBMH grandparents! Although Sunday is the real holiday, we had the opportunity to celebrate and honor our wonderful grandparents today. We’ve been preparing for the event all week, baking muffins and cutting fruit to be served, and making special gifts for our grandparents.

Special “thanks” to our grandparents who traveled from out of city/state. We’re glad that you could join us for this special event!

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Book Highlight: Curriculum of Love, Morgan Simone Daleo

In my office, lies a fully stocked resource library available to our staff and family members, filled with books on childhood education, professional growth, and all-things-Montessori. Each week, I’m going to highlight one of our favorite books, and share it with you all!

This week’s honorary mention is Curriculum of Love: Cultivating the Spiritual Nature of Children, by Morgan Simone Daleo.

“Mindfulness is the process of paying attention, moment to moment, to one’s thoughts, actions and surroundings without judgment or reaction, but with gratitude and joy. Mindfulness is a quality of attention which can be taught. Children as well as adults can be encouraged to notice the world around them, and to become aware of the thoughts and actions they are contributing to this world at any given moment.

Conscious awareness, or mindfulness, is an attribute of an awakened soul. How do we awaken the souls of our children? The first step is to realize that children are already in a heightened state of awareness. We need only to focus their sensitivity in a way which encourages appreciation and respect. We need to do less and allow more.” (p.26)

Definitely a great read for those wanting to foster a more positive and creative spiritual development in their children.
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Happy Reading!