The coming of humans

New School Montessori (6-9) students were told Maria Montessori’s story of the Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Humans.

The class talked about what makes humans different from other animals, highlighting our hands, thumbs and minds. Having an opposable thumb increases the types of work we can do with our hands. And our complex brains allow for higher order thinking, feeling and reasoning. Just think of all the ways we can use our hands and brains to show love and care for others.

Students created booklets about what makes them human and molded miniature brains from clay as a souvenir for the Third Great Lesson.

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