If you have not heard about the Baan Dek Montessori school and blog, I recommend that you check it out. The blog is BEAUTIFUL and the school looks wonderful. I hope to make a visit one day to see this AMI accredited school it all of it’s glory.
I got to be a part of their Spotlight Interview series and it was so much fun to answer the questions as it got me thinking about my future goals and what I truly love about Montessori (which is actually everything). Check it out at the link above!
“Boys like fighting. You know, I have lots of guns at home, because I’m a boy and I like fighting.”This is really what a 4 year-old boy told me and my 14 month-old son this weekend at the park. This boy was playing with colorful, magnetic blocks at the playground and of course my son made a b-line for these interesting items. The boy told us, as we approached, that the blocks were nunchucks and that he was a ninja. He then went on to tell us that because he is a boy, he likes fighting and since he likes fighting, he has lots of guns at home. Hearing this, especially after the tragedy in Orlando, got me thinking about Montessori’s Peace Curriculum and it’s significance in a culture that promotes violent play amongst children, especially boys. Nerf guns anyone?
Maria Montessori was passionate about teaching children how to live peacefully in this world. She said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Mahatma Gandhi was moved by Montessori’s peace curriculum and shared her point of view. He said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.” Montessori and Gandhi had a correspondence for many years in which they shared their ideas about education and peace.
Here are three easy ways to use the Montessori Peace Curriculum at home: