Hi everyone and welcome to another episode of The Montessori Notebook podcast. Today I’m talking with Hannah Baynham from Collaborative Montessori about some of the big picture principles in Montessori. Hannah is a teacher educator who is passionate about issues of social justice, sustainability and the spiritual preparation of the guide. Having worked in schools around the world, she has a unique view of the importance of Cosmic Education in our early years environments.
Don’t know what cosmic education is? Then you’ve come to the right place as Hannah will guide us through it all and I hope you’ll leave feeling as inspired as I did.
Links from the show
- Collaborative Montessori – website / instagram / facebook group
- Montessori Movement Unites facebook group
- Sustainable development goals nesting boxes – youtube
- “In order to love others, all of us must first love ourselves. This self-love is not to be confused with selfishness which means over-concern with one’s self without regard to others. A healthy self-love tells a child that she is a worthy person, unique in the universe, with special attributes and talents to contribute to the world. It does not say that she is better than anyone else.” Aline D Wolf, Nurturing the Spirit
- Art Engager podcast with Claire Bown – ep 4 about asking great questions; ep 2 about slow looking
- Aubrey Hargis, Child of the Redwoods
Ruth asks, “I’m a mother of a 9 month old baby. I knew about Montessori before becoming a mother but dove into learning more once our baby was born. I am passionate about the Montessori approach to development, especially the principles like follow the child, the prepared environment and prepared parent, building peace, and being in nature. Lately I find myself getting too focused on the “stuff”, or materials. It feels like consumerism, waste, and endless activities are the visuals of Montessori that I see online all the time. Expensive wooden toys and materials, perfectly clean spaces. I know this isn’t what is about, but I still feel some pressure to meet all my baby’s developmental needs with the right “thing” at the right time. I’d love to hear a discussion about this and how I can reset my focus on the bigger picture. I love following you and Aubrey from Child the Redwoods, you always help to keep it real and de-centre the stuff. I guess this isn’t really a question, but maybe an idea for discussion. I feel Montessori must be accessible and inclusive and I don’t want to lose sight of that. Thanks! “