During my training, we were given crates of books and spent hours reading on the Montessori Philosophy aspect of the Montessori Method. It was my favorite part of the training and it opened up my spirit to be the best directress I can be for children.
Being with children was like being with your besties every day. They tell you how their evening went at home, they tell you their problems, secrets, and feelings. It is the most rewarding feeling that these tiny humans can trust and accept me. The trust between the directress and the child is the first step in nurturing the spirit.
Nurturing the Spirit is a read that will open up your views on education and how Montessori differs from traditional standards. Not just in education, but also raising humans of the future spiritually. Maria Montessori believed the spirits of the children must first be nurtured to being about a more peaceful universe.
A section in Montessori's own writings where the word spirit is used multiple times are these words, "We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit. It is the teacher's joy to welcome the manifestation of the spirit."
Have you read Nurturing the Spirit by Aline D. Wolf? It's a great night read!
I would love to hear your what your favorite aspect of the Montessori Method is.