Great Lessons are an important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum. They are bold and exciting and are designed to awaken a child’s imagination and curiosity. The child should be struck by the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas and awed by the inventiveness and innovation of the human spirit.
The Five Great Lessons are traditionally presented in lower primary (Years 1-3) and are offered every year so that children see them more than one time. Unlike the Year 3-6 environment, where the child is introduced first to “small” ideas that gradually widen into larger concepts, the child is introduced right away to larger concepts – the largest of all being the beginning of the universe. They can then be shown how all the smaller ideas fit into the larger framework.
Traditionally, there are Five Great Lessons that are used to paint a broad picture before moving to more specific study. They consist of:
- First Great Lesson – Coming of the Universe and the Earth
- Second Great Lesson – Coming of Life
- Third Great Lesson – Coming of Human Beings
- Fourth Great Lesson – Communication in Signs
- Fifth Great Lesson – The Story of Numbers
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