It’s reminded us of an important set of 3 part cards that you might find in some Montessori classrooms: Peace Makers. These cards highlight a quote and picture of Peace Makers from all over the world.
Maria Montessori wrote extensively on the importance of helping children understand and incorporate peace into their daily lives. Peace education was an important theme in her development of the Montessori method, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
The Three Part Cards are a way of introducing new vocabulary and practicing reading simple words for early literacy. Here’s a post from our Encyclopedia, explaining more about the material in general.
While there are many Peace Makers throughout history, this week we wanted to introduce three. Martin Luther King, Jr, Malala Yousafzai, and Mahatma Gandhi.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement. He practiced nonviolent civil disobedience, and worked towards racial equality. One of his most enduring speeches is “I have a dream“.
- Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of the right of all children to have education, and her struggle against the oppression of woman and children.
- Mahatma Gandhi was a leader in the Indian Independence Movement, and like MLK Jr, employed nonviolent civil disobedience in his struggle to win independence in his native India.
Speaking to your young children about these Peace Makers can seem daunting at first, but give it a try! Go to the library to check out books on the life and work of Peace Makers such as Maria Montessori, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, Mother Teresa, or Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Find more quotes, speeches, or facts about these figures and incorporate them into your daily reading routine!
Additionally, here’s a PDF to print with faces and quotes of the three Peace Makers we’ve highlighted today. We hope you enjoy speaking about peace with your children, and thanks for reading!
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