Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child. -Maria Montessori
Peace education is a basic tenet of the Montessori philosophy. In the 3-6 environment, studying the seven continents, including their people and cultures, provides a global view of our world. As Montessori teachers, practicing and teaching peace, kindness, and acceptance is a natural part of our day. Dr. Maria Montessori believed we should think of education as peace, not education for peace. She also believed that young children were our hope for eliminating conflict and instilling peace throughout the world. Dr. Montessori, as always, knew that lecturing children would accomplish very little and that to truly understand peace they would need to discover it for themselves.
Typically to celebrate Peace Day, we participate in “Sing Peace Around The World.” Beginning in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii, Montessori schools around the world sing “Light A Candle For Peace” for five minutes. Here at FWM, we gathered together and sang with the entire school, early Wednesday morning. It was a powerful moment and reminder of the importance of teaching and modeling peace to everyone we interact with. So for 24 hours, this special song was sung in a different part of the world by Montessori children. Wishing everyone a peaceful week!
Kaoutar & Michelle