Montessori Method in Elementary
Cosmic Education is primarily dedicated to the child in the second plane of development. Dr. Maria Montessori and her son, Mario after years of observations, carefully designed this method. Dr. Maria Montessori used the term cosmic education for children ages 6 through 12 years. As the children enter the second plane of development, the human tendencies continue to operate, while new physiological characteristics begin to assert themselves: the emerging power of the imagination, the drive to know the reasons of things, a need for abstraction and intellectual activities, a drive to perform extended and elaborate work, and a focus on issues of morality. Each of these aspects of the child receives its own measure of attention as Cosmic Education is presented through the years. Even though in a physical classroom we usually see children grouped in ages 6 - 9 and 9 - 12, Cosmic Education and the approach towards the child does not change.
With this thought, the child must begin to understand that laws are not oppressive, but rather are a natural part of life which enable us to maintain harmony and order. Cosmic Education reveals to the second plane children that all things in our Universal are interrelated.
This is how Maria Montessori manifested her concept of Cosmic Education. “The laws governing the Universe can be made interesting and wonderful to the child, more interesting even than things in themselves, and he begins to ask: Who am I? What is the task of man in this wonderful Universe? Why we struggle and fight? What is good and evil? Where will it all end?
The Elementary guide has the amazing and forever exciting task to bring to the children a curriculum that offers them the Keys to the Universe. The guide approaches any subject with a story that feeds the senses and opens their imagination.
These stories provide an all-encompassing, holistic vision of various disciplines combined where the children actively connect many areas of study as the narration unfolds. They see how the whole relates to its parts and how the parts are responsible for the whole. The Great Lessons tell of how each particle, substance, species, and/or event has a purpose and a contribution to make in the Universe. Gratitude becomes second nature and expressed in the work of the child.
Dr. Montessori’s gift to the Elementary guides was a way to teach children ages 6-12 the beginnings of the Universe, concepts of the origins of life, the evolution of humans, the development of language, and the history of mathematics in a interactive method that crossed all disciplines. The Elementary teacher's goal is not to rely on a syllabus but the child, to be inspired by their curiosity and guide each student using lessons, materials, and providing experiences, both inside and outside of school to bring these great stories to how it is relevant to their life. Day to day the child experiences tangible sensory moments that stems from one of the Great Stories and becomes a part of the child’s past, present and future in relationship to the Universe.
In the next few months we will be exploring the depths of Cosmic Education as it unfolds in our classrooms. We look forward to sharing its beauty and wonder with the Creo Community.
“All things are part of the Universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. This idea helps the mind of the child to become focused, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge. He is satisfied having found the universal center of himself with all things.”
— Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential
Peek inside the classrooms
This week has been busy getting familiar with changes and new routines. The children have been excited about collaborating with the Coyotes in two research projects that include going -outs, cooking and field trips!
We happily welcomed our new pet "Wilbur, the Black Moor Goldfish, built community with songs and learned new lessons. The classroom is bustling with activity, including a delicious quiche baked by two Black Bears with the assistance of a Falcon friend.
We also welcomed a new member in our community, Miss Luz. She is already feeling the love of the children and getting them immersed in the Spanish language.
Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Luz
Happy New Year!
There are many fun activities taking place while the children are acclimating into the classroom after the winter break. A group of children are writing reviews on their favorite books. This exciting activity is providing them an opportunity to promote why their friends should read the book. It’s a fun work yet challenging because they have to summarize the story without giving too much information, however, find clever ways to grab the audience’s attention.
We have another group of friends are researching Japan. This project has allowed them to delve deeper into the culture of Japan. This project known as the ‘Globe Trotting Research’ is built on a frame work where the children get to study Geography, History, Economy and Languages that are particular to the country they are researching. This work also opens up the opportunity for children to learn phrases, listen to music, stories and cook food from a particular country.
We also have a young group of children who are excited about the Milky Way. Each child is focusing on a planet and together, they are excited to discover new information. This work is fun yet challenging because they must share their ideas, new findings, take turns to share books and complete the task in a timely manner.
I want to say thank you for all the parents who attended the Parent-Night and we look forward to seeing you all for the February Meeting.
Mr. Fernando & Ms. Karina
Dear Falcons Parents,
After the Christmas break students returned to the classroom with a new drive and energy. Many students continued writing their stories. Many of them are chapter books. A group of students is even trying to study how to publish a book and then how to make a video game based on their story.
From the beginning of the year, a group of students occupies the kitchen to cook or bake things that they share willingly and kindly with their classmates.
There was an explosion into engineering with some students this month. Students were learning about gravity, inertia, potential, and kinetic energies. They were making and experimenting with roller coasters. It was really interesting to observe the concentration and focus of the children in these works, how their minds and hands collaborated to achieve a result that will be satisfying to everyone in the group.