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Cosmic Education

By: Dave Kosky, Lower Elementary Director

Maria Montessori calls Cosmic Education the path through which children develop a global vision. By developing gratitude for the universe and their own lives within it, the child then takes on an awareness of receiving many gifts from other human beings they will never know.

The theme of Cosmic Education is best summed up in the following quotation from Dr. Montessori:

“The child will develop a kind of philosophy which teaches this unity of the universe; this is the very thing to motivate his interest and to give him a better insight into his own place and task in the world and at the same time presenting a chance for the development of his creative energy.”

As Directors and Directresses of a Montessori classroom, our task is to give areas where interests of the child may be discovered, rather than setting up a program for the child to follow. The centers of interest are presented and made available to the child, with teachers guiding these interests through lessons, and we are to trust the power of the mind to work by itself.  It is in the cosmic plan that we have faith in the child to let him go, then keep the fires of interest burning so he continues to explore. Cosmic Education follows the psychic needs of the 6-12 year old child’s insatiable thirst for knowledge. Our task as Directors and Directresses is to continually open new fields of exploration for the child.

Dr. Montessori believed that the cosmic idea has been the natural plan wherever there was education in the real sense of the word. This will happen, when the child understands the creation of the world and man’s place in it. The preparation of Cosmic Education must first begin from ages 0-6 with the sensorial foundations during the first plane of development. That foundation is an indirect preparation for the cosmic education in the second plane (6-12). Cosmic education at the elementary level helps the child relate to the universe and to humanity in such a way that it enables him to understand the law and order underlying his existence, and to realize in himself all the developmental potential that is his own particular unique birthright, and at the same time, be able to accept and realize his personal responsibility in the universe and society.

Cosmic Education enables the child to find his place in the universe, by studying the contributions of those before him and the child will be touched with a sense of generosity to all of humanity. Plants and animals were also given a cosmic task. For example, early invertebrates during the Paleozoic Era cleaned the sea by eating the calcium carbonate, thus enabling new forms of life to evolve. It was instinct that made the animal survive, but humans were granted with intellect and will which made them create their own path through life. It is through Cosmic Education that the child learns how the universe was prepared for him and what place he has in it.

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