There was a distinguished light heading toward me from a distance of Mrs. Isabelle’s Primary classroom. Her face was glowing with radiance and her eyes dancing with merriment, who could ignore her? She was wearing black ballerina like slippers, as she walked next to me twirling. She was putting her colored pencil back in the cabinet. She didn’t really care I was watching her. I doubt the thought crossed her mind. She hummed a little tune as she moved throughout the classroom purposefully and free, fully expecting to be delighted in, and then walked with poise to grace her fellow classmate back at the table to continue working. She was a ray of sunshine, or, better, a butterfly, flitting right before my eyes. She was a little girl in her glory, unashamed in her desire to delight, and be delighted in.
Her freedom to move, to learn, and to express her heartfelt joy is part of the uniqueness Montessori Tides education supplies each child. Maria Montessori stated, “Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.”
For a child to develop this love for themselves, others, and their environment the journey begins in their heart. Another way of saying this is that the journey begins with desire. This is why, in the Montessori Tides Jacksonville Beach classroom, a Montessori directress is following the child’s lead, which comes directly from the heart of the child.
Every adult was once a child. And every child holds inside the heart their most precious dreams. Oh to be seen by those closest to them, to be sought with passion and courage, someone who will get past the messiness to find the child deep inside- to be certain of what it means to be free. While not every dream is the same, these underlying universal needs remain in the heart of every child.
Many children in the traditional school setting find the desires set deep in the heart seem like a luxury, granted only to those who get their act together. The message, whether from a driven culture or adults who have disconnected from their inner child- sit still; try harder.
Observing these movements seen daily in the Montessori Tides classroom is evidence of the joy, peace, and fulfillment this education provides. Self-identity is directly linked to this creative expression coming from the child’s heart, an identity protected by Montessori schools. Over the course of life, the heart becomes their guide to explore what could happen through the life of one who is willing to cultivate an appetite for freedom.
The message of the twirl: Your heart matters more than anything else in the entire world.
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