‘There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.’ Dr Maria Montessori
The classroom community Maria Montessori described above sets the foundation for the future world of peace and acceptance she described as only being possible through education, not through politics. As students get older, they increasingly interact with the community at large, and hopefully they will contribute to the same sort of vibrant and cooperative society outside the classroom.
Rae from Creative Process has shared some very interesting personal ideas and reflections about a community project in which she has played an active role, the Troost Avenue Festival in Kansas City, Missouri. Not only does Rae share the inspiration for this annual event, but she also makes some great suggestions about organizing and including young people in the planning process. Please refer to “Plan a Celebration” here: http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf
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After you have read about the Troost Avenue Festival, perhaps you might wonder what other kinds of festivals communities host. You may be surprised at the wide variety of events communities have designed. Search these sites by date, region and type.
Are you ready to learn more about festival planning? Here are a few free resources with more ideas: