Cultivating Global Understanding in Children

from Sarah Werner Andrews

“The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction. Our hope for peace in the future lies not in the formal knowledge the adult can pass on to the child, but in the normal development of the new man.” (Montessori, Education and Peace, “The Form Education Should Take.”p. 58)
 
This quote was the unifying theme for Sarah Werner Andrews’ recent NAMTA workshop in Seattle: “Cultivating the Keys for Global Understanding.” In this lively and inspiring workshop, participants looked at how geography and spoken language activities, music, and dance can help children develop joyful relationships within their community, and approach the geography activities with excitement and enthusiasm. Click here for a booklist thoughtfully prepared to cultivate global understanding. Right click and save the beautiful sample pictures in the gallery below to use for conversations, true stories, and moveable alphabet prompts. Both of these resources are focused on sharing with children ages 3-6.

*Special thanks to MNW Primary Course Assistant, Corinne Stastny, for creating the booklist and photo selection.

Posted on November 24, 2014 .