What will the world be like when your children grow up?
We are on a fast track to lightning change, in our means of communication, in our dependence on sustainable resources and in our understanding of our place in a shrinking planet. How does Montessori prepare your children for the future?
Maria Montessori was suspicious of the trappings of a sophisticated civilization in which people could become lost and disconnected. A closeness to nature and sensitivity to its rhythms was, in her view, essential to give children the feeling of being grounded and at peace with themselves and their environment.
She was not a romantic, but a realist. She knew how much we depended on the natural world to sustain us. At Netherton we keep our eyes and ears open to the pulse of life which reverberates through the days, the nights, the seasons and the years out to the great mystery and wonder at the world.
She called our sense of ourselves in the universe being part of the cosmic plan. When we learn about the sun and the planets we develop a sense of awe at a power greater and more majestic than ourselves. This creates a lasting sense of security and respect.
Even if civilization were to break down, your children will have experienced through nature the resourcefulness and enthusiasm needed to rebuild and renew.