In one of her Early Childhood education classes, Sister Jacinta visited Xavier’s Montessori Lab School, igniting her desire to learn about Montessori education. Pursing a Master’s in Educational Administration, Sister Jacinta chose as electives in Montessori Philosophy and Montessori Methods courses in math, science, language arts and phonics.
Recently at dinner with her Julie Community, Sister Jacinta said that she wants to learn more about Practical Life and Sensorial Montessori methods before returning to Nigeria. Coincidentally, former Montessori teacher Sister Mary Ellen Carinato was at the table. She, and other Sisters who pioneered Montessori education at The Summit in Cincinnati, had collaborated on a Montessori methods book. As an author, Mary Ellen treasures this book. Former Montessori teacher Sister Lois Ann Meyer also treasures her copy. After brief reflection, both Mary Ellen and Lois Ann presented their books to Jacinta!
With the knowledge gained and with these “gifts of love,” Sister Jacinta will share with her teachers Montessori’s philosophy and methods, making education more child-centered, practical, and activity-oriented. She hopes to establish Montessori education in Nigeria, but purchasing Montessori materials will be challenging.