The school was a flurry of children baking and cooking this morning, making wonderful, tasty smells as we prepared for our traditional Thanksgiving feast. Ms. Tami’s crockpot turkey was absolutely delicious! Each classroom participated in their own way, helping bake or prepare for our big community feast. We enjoyed generous portions of turkey, corn muffins, sweet potatoes, corn, and for dessert, pumpkin pie and banana and cranberry pudding. Enjoying the company of good friends, we participated in traditional holiday festivities such as reading books to making pilgrim and feather hats…truly a day to be thankful for!
Through diligent, daily observation of children, one can learn valuable lessons in humility and generosity; one thing we could all use a little more of this Thanksgiving holiday!
This article below from mariamontessori.com focuses on the humble spirit of children, which is acquired through “joyful obedience” and an internal need to help others. Children will do almost anything to help a fellow friend in need, even when the “prize” is simply knowing they fulfilled that need and finished the task to the best of their ability.
“Montessori described three levels of discipline: In the first, children may be persuaded (or forced) to follow the will of the adult. In the second, children begin to develop intentionality, a conscious will. She believed that well-parented, well-educated children could achieve a third level of joyful obedience, when they would act with generosity of their own free will, because they recognize a need and want to help.” (Jennifer Rogers)