What does Cosmic Education mean in a Montessori Home?
It means exploring the big wide world.
Although Infant, and Cycle One (3-6) hold special places in my heart, my absolute favourite is Cosmic Education. It’s quite literally infinite in its possibilities.
For Anthony, it’s about testing his limits (safely) and feeding that passion and hunger for seeking out the new.
It’s also about having a little fun. We walk and talk.
“This is where the world came.” He says, more to himself than to me. In 15 minutes, we hear a handful of languages. We meander, stopping when he wants to look more closely at something.
“Follow the Child” I can’t forget that just because the child is taller than me.
We live in a small fishing village on the edge of the Pacific. Snow is a rarity for us, so we have to seek it out.
Whistler Mountain (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics) is a few hours away (plus of course the ferry ride). Both boys are used to long car trips. We stop when we need to and keep everyone’s “limits” in mind. Anthony has things to pass the time in the car, but he enjoys looking at the passing scenery. Quentin still rides rear-facing in his car seat, and activities aren’t really an option, but he enjoys pointing out the things he sees and knows the name of. “Truck!” “Water!”
He as never seen snow before, he has no idea what it is.
He walks the sidewalks saying “Bubbles, bubbles.” He thinks it’s soap. This still fascinates me. He has never experienced this before, yet he has the ability to search his knowledge of the world and come up with a conclusion of what the new thing might be. It takes him a while to confirm what we are telling him.
This is definitely not soap.
We filled our day “Following the Child”. It was magical watching him expand his world.