do u like my montessori essay?
i am doing my assignment about culture. the question is “discuss how montessori cultural subjects extend the child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. ” i just finished my essay.. please tell me whether it make sense… i will love to have anyone of u to help editing it… as my english essay writing skill is terrible.. here is my essay :
Maria Montessori called her plan for the young child the “Cosmic Curriculum”. Cosmic in this context means comprehensive, holistic and purposeful. Cultural Activities in a Montessori environment are used to broaden the child’s experiences and draw their attention to various aspects of our social and physical world, as well as providing them with some experiences related to the laws of nature. The child will develop his personality and will be taught to love and appreciate his culture in order to become a useful member of his society. We want to satisfy the child’s absorbent mind to learn and understand the natural and man-made world with clear and accurate reality, facts and information. Many of the Cultural Activities are sensorial in nature to maximize the absorption and retention by the child, who is mainly a sensorial learner at this age. A sensorial impression in the child’s mind ensures that, when he has to deal in abstractions, he is able to draw upon those impressions. They will first learn the essential forms and then after working with concrete materials again and again. Then the child will find out new and deeper type of knowledge and universal ideas which will eventually become the key to the universe. For example: a child learns about shapes in geometric cabinet and will later discover that his environment was filled with circles, squares and triangles.
The teacher can do the following activities from different areas to extend the child’s knowledge and understanding of the world:
The teacher will spend a few minutes to talk about the calendar everyday. The teacher will ask the children what the weather is, what is the day after Monday, what is today’s date when yesterday was 5th June, what is the year now and what is/are the special events happening today or coming soon. The teacher can help the children remember the days of the week and the weather better with simple and easy-to-learn songs.
The teacher can bring the children to the beach and talk about landforms. She will make an island with the sand and surround it with water and tell the children that a piece of land surrounded by water is called ‘Island’. The teacher will then make a hole in the sand and filled it with water. She will tell the child that a body of water surrounded by land is called lake. The teacher will continue to demonstrate different types of landforms like mountains, volcano, peninsula, straits, isthmus and etc. The children will then be introduced to the landform trays to deepen their understanding about landforms in their classroom.
The teacher can bring the children to a zoo to see animals. The children will draw the animals that they have seen and label the body parts. Older children may try to classify the animals into groups of animals like mammal, fish, reptile, amphibian and birds. The children will work with animal puzzles in their Montessori classroom to learn the name of the body parts for each type of animals.
The children can grow shoots with beans or seeds. The child will each have an empty jar and filled it with paper towel. The child will push a bean down between the jar and the paper towel and add some water. After a few days, shoots will begin to grow. The children can see the roots clearly through the jar and record the growing process. The children will learn about parts of the plant and how a plant grows by doing this activity. The child will then work with botany puzzle to learn the names of the parts of plant.
The teacher can shine on a wall with torchlight and make shadows with her hands. The children will also learn that shadow of an object will be shown on the wall when you place it in front of the light. The children can then make some puppets and do a ‘Shadow Puppet Show’.
Children who complete the Cosmic Curriculum have a clear understanding of the natural world, of human knowledge, and of themselves. These children are prepared to leave childhood behind and enter adolescence as independent, confident, responsible, emotionally intelligent individuals, balanced in physical, intellectual and social achievement.
‘Since it has been seen to be necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions. 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. This idea helps the mind of the child to become fixed, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge. He is satisfied, having foun
Your essay is cut off partially. You might want to go to “Edit” and “Add more details.” (Or something like that).
The essay is pretty good. There are two things I would suggest:
1) You mention a lot of activities that can be done in many Montessori classrooms. Try to look at the actual Montessori materials and describe them. I have, for example, no way to take my children to the beach. I guess I have a way…it would just be expensive ;-). Hands on, practical activities like you listed are key and the ideas you suggest are good ideas, but I would start by looking at what Montessori materials are out there. If you’re not familiar with them, I would be glad to help. Send me an e-mail (just click on my profile).
2) You might want to tie in peace education, since that is a key part of the reasons for cultural awareness. Here is a link that does a pretty good job giving an overview of peace education:
I think the essay’s good and on the right track. Just trying to give a few suggestions.