The Child As a Spiritual Being
“…children must be thoroughly strong beings and must possess spiritual equilibrium.”
Maria Montessori, The Child in the Family, p. 65.
“…the CHILD as a spiritual embryo developing according to a definite plan…”
The Authentic American Montessori School, p. 37
Spiritual Development has been an integral part of the curriculum at Carmel Montessori Academy since its beginnings over thirty-one years ago. On all levels of the School (Toddler/Preprimary – sensorial and modeling; Primary/Elementary - sensorial and modeling plus instruction and initial self application; Lower and Upper Erdkinder – sensorial and modeling, instruction, and application to self and life) the following curriculum outline is tendered: Neo-Thomistic Philosophy, Pragmatic Psychology, Moral Development (Kohlberg), Ecumenical Activity, Age-Group Discussions, and Scripture.
The plan for the development of the spiritual embryo which Montessori envisioned has a definite curricular component. But spirituality is more than classes, prescriptions, guidelines. Spirituality is the raw material of that “golden cosmic thread” so often referred to in the curricular area; it is that which gives meaning to all other disciplines, activities, experiences. Spirituality cannot be “prescribed;” it can only be lived. The children, parents and faculty of Carmel Montessori Academy continue to strive toward living individual and communal spiritual excellence.