Say the word! An Elementary child has researched the way to say, “Peace” in several languages and has created a sign to help teach his class for part of their number for the Peace Celebration.
If Peace is a substance present throughout the school atmosphere, these are some of its molecules, perhaps hinting at the atoms from which it’s built.
It’s true that we make a concerted effort to teach peaceful conflict resolution, through “I messages” with the youngest children and through conflict mediation with the older ones. Respect and civility are important to us. Respect and civility cannot be simply commanded or ordered, though. They must grow in an atmosphere of Peace. All the tiny, seemingly inconsequential aspects seen above are forming the molecules which expand in the air around us creating a peaceful environment.
The Elementary children love to hear stories about How Things Came to Be, about Discoverers, about Early Humans who figured out how to talk to each other, how make a fire, how to make clothes. Our Montessori teachers explain that we have, as human beings, special gifts which help us to discover things and build our lives together. These special gifts are Imagination and Love.
At the Peace Celebration and every day, we celebrate our human gifts of imagination and love and the fact that they come to us in every child born into our midst.
A month ago today, we were preparing for afternoon dismissal before the Winter Holidays when some of us checked our computers and other devices and saw news so disturbing that it was difficult to comprehend. We warily dismissed our children and went about our scheduled evening errands, concerts, family gatherings, absorbing more of the sadness and fear of events that had taken place in Newtown, CT.
Now, as on the day we returned to school, January 3, our hearts go out to all parents and teachers who seek to reassure ourselves, through our many faiths, and in our lack of faith, that there is a light and that the darkness can never put it out.
There is a light in the nature of the child, in humanity, pure and simple. To nurture its flame of imagination and love is to Educate for Peace.
Where do you see light? Do you remember when it was that you realized that so many generations of human begins came before us? In what ways do you think we are re-living experiences of Early Humans? In what ways is our life different?
Thank you for reading our blog. Leave a comment. Say your Peace and use your gifts to create a more peaceful world.