Dr. Montessori believed that children who knew who they were personally and in the big picture of the human experience were more likely to care for themselves and for the world around them in ways that would foster peace. Cosmic Education offers the child opportunities to understand the interconnectedness of all things and the personal responsibility needed for the care and well-being of all things.
Service to the community is an active way in which Montessori Tides Elementary classrooms teach the web of relationships. By reaching out to the school community, elementary students service the school with fund raisers as well as daily service to teachers and children in the Primary and Toddler classrooms. This experience is integrated into the work of the Montessori student. The commitment to offering children opportunities to belong to a community by participating in real life experiences prepares children not only to live in the “real world”, but assume responsibility for its well-being. Students learn the joys of giving of themselves, the value of volunteerism, and a sense of compassion in the process. It is an important part of the education of the whole child.