“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5
Welcome back friends to the GS and the child podcast! We are excited to begin season 2 with a series on all things Montessori! To start this season off we are going to explore the history of Maria Montessori and her work! A good episode to go back to is Episode 28 on Montessori’s Epiphany with Sherry Mock. But today we are going to look at the whole timeline of Montessori’s life and work, but episode 28 takes one moment of that timeline, Jan 6, 1907, and goes into the beautiful details from that day. So, after you listen to today’s episode, go check out episodes 28.
Carol began as a Montessori Guide after receiving her diploma at the 38th Indian
Montessori Training Course in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in 1974.
The very next year, Sofia Cavalletti participated in an International AMI
Conference in St. Paul, MN. After the conference, 30 of the primary
Montessori guides, took the first course given in the U.S. They covered all three
levels and studied for 5 weeks. Later, she competed two degrees in Human Development, both her B.A. and M.A., the latter from St. Mary’s University. The first atrium in Minnesota began because her two children, who were adopted from the Missionaries of Charity in India, turned 5 and 3 years old. The atrium began in 1982 at the Church of St. Frances Cabrini, Minneapolis, MN.
In 2006, Carol received the Diploma from the Assistants to Infancy training at the
Opera Nazionale Montessori in Rome, Italy. She was able to work with Silvana
Montanaro and visit the Rome Atrium often. In the late 1980’s she began work as a Formation Leader and has given CGS catechist formation in all three levels over the last 30 years.
Another joyful ‘grace’ was yet to come when she was invited to work with the
Missionaries of Charity, beginning in 2009 in Kenya. A complete circle, from the
adoption of her children to serving the sisters, a golden thread, sewn by the Holy
Spirit. In addition to Formation Courses in the U.S., Carol has worked with the sisters
in Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad, and Rwanda.
Sources for learning more about Maria Montessori’s life:
Association Montessori Internationale, Amsterdam – montessori-ami.org
Montessori organizations and archival libraries – www.operanazionalemontessori.it
American Montessori Society, New York City – amshq.org
Books by Maria Montessori:
The Secret of Childhood
The Child and Society
A New World and Education
Books about Montessori or her work provided by CGSUSA bookstore:
LISTENING TO GOD WITH CHILDREN BY GIANNA GOBBI
COMMEMORATIVE JOURNAL: GIANNA GOBBI 1919-2002:
In the 2021 Journal we seek to offer a rich study and deeper understanding of Montessori’s work, which is so integral to CGS.
MONTESSORI: ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
THE CHILD IN THE CHURCH (SOFTCOVER)
SILENCE IN THE SHADOW OF SPEECH
Previous episodes about Montessori and her work:
Episode 4 on Normalization – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-4/
Episode 28 Montessori’s Epiphany – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-28/
Episode 30 on Freedom and Discipline – https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-30/
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