As we are about to start the new term, I have been taking yet another look at the work, philosophy and wisdom of Maria Montessori. I came across these insightful words of hers:
'If education is protection to life, you will realise that it is necessary that education accompany life during its whole course.’
I appreciate this truth and realise that as time marches on our absorption of learning is not finite. My eldest daughter (19 years old) reminded me of this during the holidays when I tried to organise her social life and she was having none of it! Lesson in life about letting go!
Much like the tower in the picture our lessons in life are a series of building blocks which can at times collapse under the strain of thinking we know it all (picture 2)! The children don’t pretend to have all the answers as they are ambassadors for imagination and love discovering, learning and absorbing all the lessons that life has to offer.
We naturally see a tower in the pictures but when I asked the children what they saw the answers were diverse and brilliant. They saw a person, a plant, a tooth, a rainbow and best of all some saw simply a process; a process of balance, weight, size, shape and wonder and fun – especially when it toppled over. What could be more joyful?!
So here’s to continuous discovery and learning!