The Story of the Coming of Humans is the Third Great Lesson and it reveals the extent of time humans have been alive and using their three unique gifts before they ever developed writing. The children are filled with profound gratitude for the discoveries that these anonymous pioneers made which inform our decisions, even today.
The Second Great Story takes the children from the beginning of life on Earth to the very first humans to exist. The Third Great Story: ‘The Story of the Coming of Human Beings’, picks up where the Second Great Story left off and situates the children within their place as members of the Human species. In particular, the Third Great Story focuses on three very special human gifts: hands to work, a head to reason and imagine, and a heart to love one another.
Through our study of history, the children discover the fundamental human needs which are shared by all human beings throughout time and space. The children realise that all people are part of the same interconnected human family, even though they may satisfy their human needs in different ways according to their physical and social environment.
History is considered the touchstone of the Montessori curriculum because all of the other areas of study are placed within their historical context. When we study mathematics, geometry, or science, we learn the amazing stories of the people who made the exciting discoveries that the children are rediscovering on their own. Placing these other subjects within the context of a historical narrative causes the children to be filled with an enthusiasm for their areas of study and it leads to research in any number of areas.
The Upper Elementary student investigates how human beings are interrelated with the world around them, and economic and cultural geography are key topics of interest. Learning becomes deeper and more integrated, and concepts more complex. Chinese Teachers support this learning by providing more detailed vocabulary and additional Chinese language extension lessons about Energy and its role, the Solar system, the inter-dependencies between earth and humans, biomes, and more.
– The Story of the Coming of Human Beings
– Personal explorations of Time (e.g. personal timelines and family genealogies)
– Timelines of Ancient Human Beings
– Fundamental Needs of Human Beings
– Research on Specific Peoples in History
– Human Migrations
– Ancient Civilisations of the Eastern Hemisphere
– Early Civilisations of the Americas
– Timelines of Civilisations