Nurturing a child’s spirit is and always has been the most important thrust of Montessori’s teachings. Montessori saw the spiritual as a basic human energy that gives meaning to our lives.
Montessori is often known as the method with wonderful materials whereas Maria Montessori’s desire was to create a better world through nurturing each child’s spirit. This happens as each child knows that what they do makes a difference to the community, that their real value lies within them rather than in what they possess.
Children’s spiritual growth comes from giving them the time and silence for reflection, enabling them to appreciate all things. At the same time the values of tolerance, compassion, peacefulness, kindness and service to others are all encouraged.
When a Montessori environment focuses on supporting the development of normalisation for each child, nurturing the spirit goes hand in hand. The Montessori philosophy of education believes that every child carries within them the person they will become. To develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual capacity at Little Sweethearts Montessori the Village, we have a wonderfully quiet retreat as part of our preschool environment.
A traditional aspect of the Montessori experience, designed by Dr Montessori and developed by Sofia Cavaletti and Giovanna Gobbi in Rome, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on Maria Montessori’s self- teaching principles and the traditions of the Catholic church that appeals to the child’s spiritual awareness.
In this photograph, one of our LSM children is in our Atrium, where he is attracted to the Good Shepherd and Jesus’ abiding love for his sheep in our Atrium. Children develop a special love the Good Shepherd even before they realise they are the sheep, hearing the story, reflecting what they have heard and then re-enacting it themselves.
To find out more about our Atrium:
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