year, work in the elementary class begins with five important
stories, called the “Great Lessons”. These stories dramatize
known facts about the universe and the progression of human
civilization. Dramatic stories, experiments, charts timelines,
and illustrations center the children’s interests by helping
them create a picture of the whole universe at work. From here,
the classroom opens up to endless possibilities as students
follow their own particular interests with a large measure of
freedom. This unit of study forms the backbone that integrates
the daily curriculum.
Great Lessons are part of what Montessori called “Cosmic
Education”. This is the child’s gradual discovery of how all
things on earth in the past, present and future are
interrelated. Through this work, the children develop a greater
global vision of their world.