It is clear under these conditions that the cosmic perspective is a huge part of the Montessori system as it is the key which can provide “shared direction and a common goal in our work” (Camillo). Other quotes also present support for this topic.
The foundations of development in the above Camillo quote refer to Montessori and his discovery of natural development from 0 to 24 years. These planes of development are a unique element of educational work (Hayes, 2005). These are very basic and constant and must therefore be maintained and supported. They are basic, especially as they provide an approach to the educational system, therefore mostly in relation to Cosmic Education. These fundamental planes of development are the initial elements of Montessori education. Another element of the Montessori Cosmic Plan relates to Camillo’s statement on the “vision of an indivisible unity.” Such element maps out the Montessori perspective of the cosmic universe. Montessori discussed in one of her books about the cosmic plan. She pointed out that as it has been considered important to extend so much to the child, it is important to also provide him with a vision of the entire universe. The universe can be a stark reality, one which can provide answers to various questions. “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity”. Such idea would help the child to focus and to anchor himself within his comfortable setting (Clio, 1989).
Within the Montessori Plan of Work for the Child of the Second Plane of Development, the child, aged 6-12 years is guided towards Cosmic Education with the contribution of different approaches. There are cosmic tales and these tales are often attractive to the child’s imagination. The ideas they cover can be understood through the ...Show more