"E malama pono i ka‘aina; nana mai ke ola." - Take good care of the land; it grants you life.
Taking care of our bodies and taking care of the land. We are part of and are an extension of the earth. Today we were out in nature as we continued learning about Practical life lessons.
"Nature is a guide that teaches children how to move about"- Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori researched and studied the importance between movement and learning. Montessori's sensory materials are based on the ability to move freely in the classroom and the connect between the body and the mind.
“One of the greatest mistakes of our day is to think of movement by itself, as something apart from the higher functions…Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should become informed by this idea.”
- Maria Montessori
Now, current brain research has found that the part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning. This is very important information to know as educators and parents. Montessori materials are designed in way to promote movement. Today we practiced working with the materials and we were busy bodies moving around the classroom. In addition, I was able to shared my book "Mamma's Planet Earth" with the classmates.
Further more we learned about care for the environment and the different aspects and lessons. I had a memory when I was little one of my jobs was to talk to and water the plants in the house. My mother said that the plants were thirsty and that it was important to talk to them every day and let them know you love them. I will continue this wisdom with the keiki I come in contact with. This will further instill in them to malama ka 'aina (to take care and live in harmony with the land)
Affirmation of the day: I am in touch with my own nature. I go with the flow and move effortlessly.