Beyond academic lessons, a key goal of Montessori is to help children learn to live in peace and harmony with all people, and to establish awareness that they are all members of society and potential leaders of their own communities.
We help children develop an appreciation of life’s differences – in ability, color, culture, beliefs, thought, and ways of doing things. Through Peace Education we convey an understanding that all people share the same needs, and that differences arise merely from how we express and meet those needs. A respect and appreciation for those differences helps create a more empathetic mindset, and a more open mind.
An approach that permeates everything.
Using a Peace Education approach, children learn to treat each other respectfully. They learn to speak to each other the way they would like to be spoken to – an invaluable lesson for lifelong problem-solving and talking through disagreements.
The value of virtues.
As an extension of the Peace curriculum, Montessori classes learn about important personal virtues. We meet bi-weekly as a school to celebrate the virtues we want to foster in each child. In these meetings, a class presents a virtue through song, dance, poetry or theatre – then encourages the entire school to practice this virtue in their lives.
Meeting together as a school bonds us and allows the students to learn from each other on a larger scale – it gives everyone a sense that we’re all part of a larger community.
The virtues we hold dear at Montessori:
- Care for the environment
- Self knowledge