This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre…This is the bright new hope for mankind.” – Maria Montessori
Montessori Peace Education is at the forefront of my approach to the pedagogy and so when I was asked on our Instagram account last weekend to host a theme on another site, Peace Education is what I chose.
These are some of the materials use at home and in my Montessori 3-6 classroom. It is a simple exercise kept in a basket or tray that children can choose freely in the same way they would choose any other work.
The Emotions and Mindfulness cards are from Diamond Montessori and can be found here.
They are 3 Part Cards so there is an accompanying set of solo picture cards and also a set of solo word cards to match. They can be used with even the youngest of toddlers by simply exploring the different faces each child is making and we love that there is a wide range of ethnic diversity in them.
Our Love Light house. Both in my classroom and at home we use the concept of a love light, an internal light that can either shine brightly from each person or can be extinguished with nothing more than a little hot air. The concept comes from this book and we adapt many activities found in it to suit our needs.
This little dish was a gift from a dear Montessori friend and teacher. It is a beautiful pottery piece made by a local First Nations artist. We keep it in our Peace Tray and we fill it with freshly ground lavender when Quentin wants to. Sitting with it on a work mat a child can choose to smell the sweet and calming smell.
This book is a new addition and couldn’t have arrived at a better time. We have been anxiously awaiting it as it is absolutely perfect for a 3-6 year old child to actively engage with.
The pictures are simple and so is the text but the message is a powerful one.
Each of these activities and many many more are so easy to take the time to do with children. The sense of calm they can invoke in a child is remarkable and will help a child with so many important social emotional aspects.
The air was crisp and the skies sunny today.
We spent it quietly together.
We spent all Summer growing this sweet pie pumpkin in our garden and it was perfectly ready for harvesting this weekend.
Scooping out a pumpkin whether for a jack o’ lantern or for a pie is a favourite Practical Life work around here.
This process is so amazingly rewarding because the child is a part of it right from the beginning months ago.
There have been many Nature walks in the forest lately but today was about leaf gathering to compliment our newest book on the bookshelf.
We loved finding many of the leaves found in the gorgeous book Fall Walk.
It is a beautiful poem of a family out enjoying an Autumn day and the information regarding so many different leaves is fascinating and easily could be used for many years to come both at home and in the school classroom.
As we Canadians sit down with our extended families over a meal this holiday weekend we wish all of you much happiness and we are so extremely grateful to have you all following along here and our other media outlets.
As October ushers itself in today I thought I would share one of our favourite Autumnal books.
Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn is the perfect story for a 3-6 child of a girl exploring her neighbourhood, taking in all the sights and sounds of the seasons changing.
Today we chose to pack it into Quentin’s backpack and head out in search of our own changing seasons.
All of a sudden we find ourselves back in jeans and layers. Walking through the forest on the way down to the Pacific Ocean, the air was cool and we noticed many of the leaves had already started to fall.
We love taking books with us outdoors! Such an easy way to expand on the story.
Happy October everyone!
Grandparents whether real or honorary are so often a gift to children.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my Grandparents and their constant, loving place in my life. I’m also grateful that our boys have their Grandparents and that same loving, nurturing relationship. So in honour of this celebration we are sharing one of our favourite Grandparent books.
When Grandad was a Penguin is sweet, and funny and just a favourite. We read it over and over here as both penguins and Grandads are a loved treasure in this house.
We also mentioned another of our favourite Grandparent books here. The love of spending time together and seeing the seasons change always brings up excellent conversations here at home and in my 3-6 Montessori classroom.
For more excellent and diverse stories about all kinds of different Grandparents, head over to Diamond Montessori. They have some great books featured that centre around different ways Grandparents fill the lives of children.
Every once in a while a book comes a long that is so absolutely stunning that it kind of knocks us off our feet. And then of course despite us rarely buying books because of our fantastic small town library network, we fine ourselves on the hunt for this new treasure.
Leaf by Sandra Diekmann is a gorgeous tale (perfect for a Montessori child in the Second Plane) of a strange and seemingly menacing stranger that finds itself in a wild wood. The other animals are fearful and avoid and distrust him. Until the crows offer a suggestion: maybe he just needs some help.
Although this book gently but poignantly highlights the plight of polar bears and their rapidly declining habitat it also touches on an all too important topic these days.
That although there may be “different ones” that have come to our neck of the woods, the right thing to do is to:
“Share your smile, lend a hand and spread a little peace.”
We love books about “the big picture”. Books that ask us to take a step back and appreciate what we have. This is an important concept to introduce to children. It helps build resiliency early and is one of the building blocks of Montessori Peace Education.
Life by Cynthia Rylant is a gorgeous new book that speaks to us all starting out small, and that it won’t always be easy but we will all grow.
The artwork is what drew me originally to the book. It’s understated but full of colour.
This is one for every Montessori home and classroom. Younger children will enjoy identifying animals and older children will be able to use it as a jumping off point for empathy and resilience discussions which are so incredibly important starting in the 3-6 age group and continuing right through to adulthood.
We have absolutely love it.
We love nature themed books and this one is absolutely stunning.
Broken down into the four seasons, it’s the artwork that first drew me in. Stunning collages accompany songs, stories, recipes and so much more.
Each pages collage is beautiful and perfectly captures the mood of th season it describes.
With so many ideas to try and stories to share it is sure to be a favourite for years to come.