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Sonnie McFarland Honored by American Montessori Society Read more »

Sonnie McFarland Honored by American Montessori Society

Quoted, with permission, from American Montessori Society: Our 2011 AMS Living Legacy, Sonnie McFarland, describes herself as an instrument whose role in the American Montessori Society is to hold the place for peace. Her life’s work is built on her belief that the “cosmic task…


On the Importance of Montessori Education Read more »

On the Importance of Montessori Education

The following is our Book Study Guide for Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self. Click Here to receive a free copy of this document via email . _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ A Personal Note from Dr. Jim & Sonnie McFarland: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ On The Importance of Montessori Parent Education Over the…


Educating for Peace: A Montessori Best Practice Read more »

Educating for Peace: A Montessori Best Practice

EDUCATING FOR PEACE – A MONTESSORI BEST PRACTICE, By Sonnie McFarland (Article published by Montessori Life, January 2005) It is upon peace that the very life of the nation depends, perhaps even the progress or decay of our entire Civilization (Montessori, 1986) Seventy two years ago in…


Honoring the Light of the Child Read more »

Honoring the Light of the Child

HONORING THE LIGHT OF THE CHILD By Sonnie McFarland (Article published by Children of the New Earth, February 2005) “I am a child with a vision to share Of a world of peace and a world of care. I so recently came to planet earth That…


Montessori, Lao Tzu and The Watercourse Way Read more »

Montessori, Lao Tzu and The Watercourse Way

MONTESSORI, LAO TZU AND WATERCOURSE WAY OF PEACE By Dr. Jim McFarland Twenty five hundred years ago, an old Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, wrote down eighty one short verses that became the Tao Te Ching – the book of how things happen.  It has become…


Holistic Peace Education Read more »

Holistic Peace Education

Holistic Peace Education by Sonnie McFarland (Originally published in 1988 by the periodical Holistic Education Review.) There is much talk and concern about the lack of peace and harmony in the world today. We as a culture are beginning to examine the possible causes of…


Establishing Social Justice Through Peace Read more »

Establishing Social Justice Through Peace

ESTABLISHING SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH PEACE By Sonnie McFarland What an opportunity we have to meet in New Orleans, at the 2009 Annual AMS Conference and/or Peace Retreat following the Conference, where we each of us will contribute to the healing process taking place in this…


Nurturing the Peace Flower: A Model for the Science of Peace Read more »

Nurturing the Peace Flower: A Model for the Science of Peace

Nurturing the Peace Flower: A Model for the Science of Peace by Sonnie McFarland At the dawn of the 21st century, many promises, as well as challenges, lie before us. Never before has it been possible to communicate around the world instantaneously. Never before has so…


Peaceful Living Skills for Young Children Read more »

Peaceful Living Skills for Young Children

PEACEFUL LIVING SKILLS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN By Sonnie McFarland     All around we see suffering in our world because so many people only know how to act from a paradigm of confrontation, conflict and war.  They are unaware of alternative ways to respond to…


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