Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Celebrating Peace Through Montessori Education

Today, many nations and schools around the world are celebrating the U.N. International Day of Peace. Maria Montessori believed that “establishing peace is the work of education.” With this in mind, Montessori schools around the world focus on helping adults and children alike to understand the interconnectedness of all people. I especially like this quote from Maria Montessori:

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

Each day at Wilmington Montessori School is an opportunity for the school community to experience the interconnectedness we have with each other.

Today, Jackson Politis, an 8-year-old who is my guest Head of School for the day, shared his thoughts about this with his peers at our school-wide Peace Assembly. Jackson said,

At Wilmington Montessori School, there are many ways that we are peaceful:
We help each other – especially the older children help the younger children. People can make friends easily here because we work together very well.
When we have problems we fix them using respectful words and not our actions. We help other people outside the school. We raise money and we collect shoes, coats, and canned food for others in our community.
In sixth grade, students do a project that helps people in another country. Last year, they did “Save the Rain” to help people have clean water. The sixth graders are planning now for their trip to the United Nations and their project this year.

As a part of our Peace Day celebration, each child and adult in the Wilmington Montessori School community creates chalk drawings representing our thoughts about peace as part of the Chalk4Peace project. In our all-school gathering, we are reminded about a special jar where each community member puts a paper crane to symbolize each person in our community as a whole.

Today was a very special day; however, in actuality, as Jackson pointed out, each day at WMS is peace day as we continue to celebrate our connections within both our local and global communities.

1 comment:

Pam Politis said...

Jackson is wise beyond his years. Thank you for supporting a strong curriculum that includes teaching peace.