“We shall walk together on this path of life for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential
Today, Wednesday 22 April, it is 50 years since the first Earth Day took place. The aim of Earth Day is to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.
Sustainability is interwoven into Montessori’s teachings; from encouraging care of a child’s immediate environment through to appreciation of the outside world and the workings of nature. Montessori advocated for ‘bringing the inside out and the outside in’; aimed at providing connection between observation of nature and also opportunities to learn about plants and animals found in the immediate environment of the nursery.
This Earth Day, the Montessori Group are celebrating Montessori, and the importance of sustainability.
We’re holding a webinar at 2pm on Wednesday 22 April in which Barbara Isaacs, Montessori Global Ambassador will explore, together with Sarah Olley, academic lecturer at MCI, and Charlie Cavaliero, an (almost) graduate of MCI, how the foundation for Cosmic Education in the elementary classroom is laid in the Children’s House. How does the Montessori pedagogy support the development of the child’s sense of social responsibility? Join in the webinar live here – or catch up with the recording which we’ll share after the session.
The MCI Academic Team have also created an activity pack for parents looking to celebrate Earth Day with their children, which can be download here:
The rich and vibrant list of activities relating to aspects of life on our Planet are organised into two sections activities for the younger children under six, and those who are older than six. They reflect the children’s growing interests and capabilities; however there is no reason why you could not try them all once you have exhausted the list in the recommended age group find out what captures your children’s interest and imagination.
We also encourage you to consider them in context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The goals relating to clean water and energy, and life in water and on land are particularly relevant to these activities.
We hope you have fun, enjoy and celebrate!