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Monday, January 4, 2016

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that all humans share common basic needs which, when met, help open the doors for human freedom, respect, cooperation and environmental accountability; all of which are crucial for creating civilizations and establishing peace.

In Lower Elementary, our students are learning humans are born with material needs. Food and clothing are obvious needs. However, humans also have a need for shelter, safety/defense, transportation (land and water), physical health and communication. Regardless of the culture or time period in which a human lives, each of these needs is addressed with a civilization. They contribute to a secure and comfortable existence.


Now is a great time to have a discussion with your child about what (s)he perceives her/his physical needs to be. We live in a culture that tells us that what we have is more important than who we are. Talk with your child about the differences between needs (what you must have to survive), wants (the things that bring you comfort once your basic needs are met) and desires (the things that are not necessary for daily living but you really want them anyway!). Help your child understand how his/her needs are being met and encourage your child to appreciate the wants‖ and desires that have already been provided to them!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday

In the Montessori environment, celebrating holidays and festivals is an important and exciting study for the students that focuses on the tradition and rituals.

We provide students with long lasting impressionistic lessons that reinforce the idea that people around the world have distinctive yet similar celebrations. Students retain the joy of holiday celebrations as they learn about a variety of cultural observances. Learning about the holidays of different cultures embraces the Montessori principals of inclusion and peace and helps students understand that celebrations have had a great significance to people throughout time and across all cultures. Holidays are a way that people come together to worship that which they hold dear, to rejoice, and usually to feast with their community and families. The message is clear: it is wonderful to be different and honor what is unique about each culture and person, but let us celebrate our humanity together.
 
We invite our families to set up a time to present a holiday or festival your family celebrates.