B is for Beauty 04/02/2011
Beauty is such an important part of the Montessori classroom. The environment is created for the children, and it should always be beautiful for the children. Materials should always be complete and unbroken. Even the teachers (or guides, or directresses) are expected to look their best every day.
The children are taught how to keep themselves beautiful, as they learn self-care skills. They also learn how to appreciate the beauty in the world around them, as they refine their senses in the sensorial area.
Beauty is more than just what you can see. Sounds can be beautiful. Different textures will be more appealing. Certain tastes and smells will also be more attractive to different people.
Beauty is also within. Montessori children learn how to be productive, caring, loving, peaceful members of society, thus becoming even more beautiful on the inside. Montessorians can often easily recognize this in each other when they meet.
Beauty is also the look on a child's face when he masters a new skill or learns something new. Those are my favorite beautiful moments in the classroom.
What do you define as beautiful?