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Rogers, Jennifer – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Jennifer Rogers writes with apt and lyrical snippets from her perspective as a Montessori parent and from her long history as a primary guide. This short piece examines the word "grace" from multiple facets and serves as a meditation that uplifts and reminds us "that the life of a child is a gift."
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Spiritual Development, Religion
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes spirituality as occurring when one invests energy in goals beyond the self. Summarizes research on cooperation and challenge and self satisfaction during high school and college. Identifies components of Montessori education contributing to spiritual development, and asserts that educators need to help children develop goals beyond…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Education, Evolution, Montessori Method
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Baker, Kay – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Discusses the reciprocal relationship between the Montessori child and teacher that provides spiritual rejuvenation to the teacher. The key to teachers' spiritual development can be found in Montessori's insights into the true nature of the child. (PAM)
Descriptors: Child Development, Emotional Development, Individual Development, Montessori Method
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Cavalletti, Sofia – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Presents anecdotal reflections on the serenity and revelations of the "new child" in relationship with God. Maintains that knowing one's religious tradition provides the basis for being open to all religions. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Happiness, Religion
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Montanaro, Silvana Quattrocchi – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Presents an intellectual view of transcendence in relation to the widening of consciousness. Indicates that the spiritual beginnings of life establish and integrate the human personality, which, when connected to a vital center, gives a fundamental point of reference. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Educational Philosophy, Personality Development
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Buckenmeyer, Robert G. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Examines Maria Montessori's views on coordinating medical practice and educational theory and her spiritual convictions. Maintains that her rigorous scientific orientation is coupled with clear exhortations for the spiritual development of teachers so that they could see the spiritual "epiphany" in each child. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Children, Educational History, Educational Principles
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Gobbi, Gianna – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Considers the nobility of children's work, its relationship to human psychological health and peacefulness, its purposefulness, and its revelation of God's cosmic plan. Links Maria Montessori's cosmic view to the Catechists of the Good Shepherd and the Montessori community at large. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Children, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy
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Leonard, Gerard – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Uses classroom examples and literary allusions to examine the philosophy and practice of Montessori's Cosmic Education. Focuses on the use of non-theistic creation stories to create an educational environment that would foster the development of children's religious sentiment. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Classroom Communication, Educational Environment, Elementary Education
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Uses established Montessori analogies, metaphors, and abstract keys to examine the mental organization and practical experiences forming the spiritual foundations for the Erdkinder vision of connecting learning to moral behavior and practical experiences for adolescents. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Beliefs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Haught, John F. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Examines eschatology as the heart of Christian faith, suggesting that an appreciation of an eschatological interpretation of the cosmos enables acceptance of nature's transience and a grounding for an ecological ethic. Maintains that recent scientific developments present a promising, rather than pessimistic, picture of the universe. Holds that…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Children, Christianity, Ecology
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Wolf, Aline D. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Challenges Montessori educators to assess how effectively a Montessori education achieves its spiritual goals in the formation of character. Maintains that the prepared environment may not be enough, given the assault of commercialism on the growing minds of children, especially in the form of advertising. (Author)
Descriptors: Advertising, Children, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy
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Montessori, Mario M.; Montessori, Renilde – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Examines the role of education in enhancing the natural spirituality of children. Maintains that when young children are given freedom of choice in activities, their behavior becomes gentle, compassionate, and purposeful. Asserts that children unconsciously build the basic structure of the human personality and that spirituality is evident in the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Mario M. – NAMTA Journal, 1998
Reprint of 1973 letter issued by the Association Montessori Internationale to its members regarding signs that although people have been striving for greater general welfare, individual rights, freedom, and leisure, extending reduced work and more leisure to children will disrupt healthy development. Describes necessary environments for healthy…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 1995
This reprint of a 1915 conference paper discusses the significance of religion and truth in the context of the mental powers of children, focusing on the unique role of imagination in the psychology of young children. Stresses the importance of developing sound imagination built on the real and concrete models of young children's environment. (MDM)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Imagination