Peace is an integral part of the Montessori classroom (and the Montessori method in general). As much as peace is incorporated and encouraged at school, however, there are many things you can do at home as well.
Dr. Maria Montessori once said, “Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.”
So, here are 5 ways you can help promote peace at home:
Care for the Environment
Actively caring for the environment creates numerous learning opportunities for children. Gardening and feeding animals are both a great way to use the environment to teach children concepts of respect, responsibility, and love.
Set a Good Example
The most important way to encourage peace within our children is to set a good example of peace for them as adults. The key to doing this is; do not act in a way that you wouldn’t want your children to act. In order to teach kindness, we must be kind ourselves.
Discuss Conflict Resolution
Not only should we discuss conflict resolution openly with our children, but we should practice it. There are many different ways to go about conflict resolution. One way that has proven to be popular in Montessori, is using an object during a conflict. Whoever is holding the object gets to speak, everyone else calmy observes and listens. Role-playing situations where conflict may arise and practicing these resolution strategies will help children should they ever find themselves in similar situations.
Sitting down to read a book is a quiet, peaceful activity. There are endless topics that you can search for and some very incredibly learning opportunities through books. Not only does it promote peaceful behavior, but it also gives you more one-on-one time with your kids.
Share the Meaning of Peace
Openly sharing the meaning of peace helps each child to better understand everyone’s interpretations of “peace.” Going around the room and discussing each individual’s meaning of a peaceful environment is a great way to encourage peace and educate about handling conflict.