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Montessori's philosophy

Montessori's Spirituality Philosophy

Humans are spiritual creatures by nature. Indeed, one of the distinguishing characteristics ***** humanity is the unswerving belief in th*****gs that are intangible, a belief ***** can only be rationalized and supported through faith. Despite enormous differences otherw*****e, *****out the ages, people have always *****en interested in the spiritual nature of the world around them ***** an effort to underst***** what was happening ***** *****, *****d children are no exception of course. When it comes to the spiritual nature ***** *****, though, ********** are some profound differences from their adult counterparts that may *****t be readily understood ***** those who ***** lost the wonder in *****ir lives and who no longer *****lieve in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. These are just two of the powerful spiritual characters ***** many children's ***** today, toge*****r with various religious figures, cartoon characters ***** possibly a de*****d president or *****. One early proponent of recognizing and using the spiritual aspect of children in educational settings was Dr. Maria Montessori. This paper provides a critical evaluation of Montessori's contribution to child's spirituality in general and how her recommendations from her book, The Secret of Childhood ***** particular, ***** be used to help educa*****rs today provide their students ***** superior learning opportunities ***** improved academic outcomes. A summary of the research and implications for educators today are ********** in the conclusion.

Review ***** Discussion

In spite of her predilection ***** using scientific methods and techniques in educational sett*****gs, Montessori ***** a firm believer in the spiritual ***** of life as well and cited metaphysical re*****ons for ***** guidance. Her writings are sprinkled with references to the spiritual nature ***** some feature of ***** human condition supported by a scientific or biologic*****l example. For example, when she advocated a program ***** free lunches for school*****, Montessori provided a rational reason in its support ***** a social problem-solving perspective, but ***** also employed a spiritual one as well: "The necessity of eating is itself a proof that the matter of which our body is composed does not endure ***** passes like the fleeing moment. And if the substance ***** ***** bodies passes in this manner, ***** life itself is only a continual passing away of matter, ***** greater symbol of its immateriality ***** its spirituality is there than the dinnertable?" (Montessori, 1913, p. 17). While adults cannot imitate children to good effect (Montessori, 1963, p. 223), they are in an excellent position to help them use their spiritual interpretations of the world around them to identify opportunities for learning beca***** ***** the enormous influence they have in children's lives.

***** term 'spirituality' c***** mean many things to many people, of course; however, in the instant case, when Montessori talked about nourishing ***** ***** spirit, she was referring to the preservation ***** the inner core that holds the child's secret ***** a natural and spontaneous desire to learn as well as a meaningful life later when he/she grows in***** an adult. She aimed


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