Educating the Human Potential, we wrote about the importance of Character Education in the Montessori classroom.
Montessori believed that children learn wisdom, virtue, courage, honesty, and character by hearing, reading, and telling stories that model these virtues. Our world is rich with literature about individual heroes who have made the earth a better place for others. Reading these stories and poems aloud to students builds a strong curriculum for Character Education in conjunction with other subjects such as History, the Sciences, Practical Life, Peace, etc., and opens the floor for further exploration and discussion, whereby Montessori students can identify and learn to define the character virtues demonstrated in a particular story or poem.
The Montessori classroom can also be the environment where students learn to practice character virtues, and recognize these virtues in their peers and community, every day.
Character Education Ideas for the Montessori ClassroomYou may have heard the term “Scroll of Virtues” in the Montessori classroom. This can be a simple pen-and-paper wall display that lists character virtues as students discover them through stories and actions in daily life.
Here are some examples of character virtues that you may explore through shared literature:
Responsibility, Fortitude, Courage, Compassion, Caring, Honesty, Justice, Fairness, Hard Work, Perseverance, Politeness, Sharing, Courtesy, Kindness, Patience, Role Modeling, Awareness, Flexibility, Humility
Character Education continues to be one of the most important aspects of the Montessori curriculum, across all ages. The Montessori teacher and parent are important role models and guides toward the “education of the whole child” through thoughtful practice and shared experience. NAMC teaching manuals provide a rich curriculum centered on the development of the whole child, for each age group.