Musings on Montessori and life from a teacher/guide/directress
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wasp Nests and the Universe
Can you believe this wasp nest? My assistant found it in her backyard in her crabapple tree and brought it to school, where the children examined it in-depth (all the wasps were gone, of course). All summer long the lush leaves covered the amazing handiwork of the wasps and the nest was only finally revealed in the winds of fall. The intricacy of what nature produces makes me realize that the universe has revealed to us only a tiny bit of what is possible. If wasps can get together and create something so practical yet beautiful, what are we capable of if we use our collective intellect? My son has been talking about an "elevator" tethered from earth to a distant space outpost that would serve as a launching pad to deep space. One of the books I'm reading posits 11 dimensions. There is so much to learn!
I am a Montessori teacher who just completed my 10th year. I feel lucky to have found a calling that incorporates so many of my interests: music, theater, art, literature, and sports. I adore singing, tennis, and gardening. I have three fabulous children ranging in age from 14-21 (all Montessori-educated). Montessori opened up the world for me. I found out I love practical life and making beautiful things, which I have dubbed "Jane Austen Time."