To live in harmony is to live in communion with and under the influence of another. A concept easily misunderstood by our society. Many are now considering this misconception to be one of our cultures biggest stumbling blocks. As if one could live without the other. Somehow we have adopted this concept where it seems easier to eliminate and focus inward rather than increase and focus outward. Let me explain…
The Human body is the most excellent example of harmony, though it is made of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. In the same way, our culture is made of many people that make-up a whole. To live in harmony with one another, we must know our significance to the whole. In order to influence the outcome of this matter, children must be recognized for their goodness from the youngest of age, and through freedom given the opportunity to unfold. In doing so, their natural goodness will shine forth and remain intact throughout the course of life. A process being demonstrated by young children placed in the favorable environment of a Montessori Tides classroom.
As many of us have observed, a child in the Montessori classroom is given many choices. Each child’s heart is as distinctive as their fingerprints; having the freedom to choose their work, learn at their own pace, and express their heart, gives them a chance to know their true selves. In this way, not only is the child’s whole personality beginning to blossom, it is done with internal calmness and tranquility, which happens to be the end result of a pleasing and congruent arrangement of parts, otherwise known as harmony.
To distribute the earth with harmony, our understanding of self-knowledge must grow. Calling out the gold in others means one must recognize the gold within themselves, first. Still, many struggle with self knowledge, especially when traditional education provides no chance to develop self-awareness. Children are robotically adhering to a pre-determined curriculum, competing with one another, and looked upon only as who they are in relationship to an age group. The “unfolding” of a child is put on hold until some great future event, automatically disqualifying the child from the weightier issues –like grace and courtesy. Montessori Tides aims to reverse that paradigm by keeping a child heart open wide and filling it with self-worth. Then one can respect and value who their neighbor is. With this kind of an outward perspective, one can extend their self-worth to the world around them. Thus, filling in the gaps.
Next week, join us as we travel into Montessori Tides Toddler program to get a better picture of the fundamental lessons of grace and courtesy in relationships. Such as-dialogue, independence, and language development.