One of the things that first attracted me to Montessori was the concept of the Great Lessons. The concept of giving the child a vision of the whole universe and then presenting small pieces to germinate in the mind was inspiring. The Great Stories are not something that the children learn – they are a prologue to the drama of life.
With the first great story we start with the beginning, when there was nothing, and slowly introduce the universe, the fire and the cold dark immensity of space.
If you’d like to learn more about how this works, here are some links to help you experience the First Great Lesson, The Coming of the Universe and the Earth, as your child does:
- First Great Lesson – The Coming of the Universe, spoken aloud (as your child would hear it) on YouTube
Montessori called this lesson “God who has no hands,” but these versions have been adapted to use more secular language to honor the religious diversity of the typical modern Montessori classroom.