Saturday, September 18, 2010
A Beautiful Mind
The children are always drawn to beauty. Maria Montessori observed this years ago but it still feels like a revelation each time I see it in practice. Sometimes I've wondered if I'm too concerned with each little detail but when I see the children notice a lovely button, a carefully painted leaf, or a graceful pattern on an apron, I'm glad I took the time to beautify the environment. The children also show loving care to a healthy green plant, or a flower. My wonderful assistant provided the flowers that one girl is arranging and the other is "pounding." Using a small floral craft hammer she imprints the flower onto a piece of muslin. It is then suitable for framing, or making a small pillow or pincushion. Montessori writes, "The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself." In these children what I see revealed is diligence, cooperation, artistry, and so much more. How beautiful is the mind of the child!