Pax Program: Learning to Make Compassionate Choices

The Pax Curriculum

“Peace, according to Montessori philosophy, does not mean weakness, and it does not mean the simple absence of war. It means inner harmony and strong individuality, a full participation in community life, responsiveness to the world, and stewardship of its resources. It means respect for human dignity and diversity, and due diligence in protecting and supporting the rights of all. It is to this definition of peace that we dedicate our most passionate efforts.”
— Statement released by the American Montessori Society shortly after 9/11/2001

“If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi

Individual PDF Downloads

Week 0:___Why We MUST Teach Peacemaking

Week 0:___Cover

Week 0:     Introduction

Week 0:     Users_Manual

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : The Meaning of Respect

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : The Meaning of Love

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : Respecting Yourself

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : Meet Michael Jordan!

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : Respecting Others: A Play

Week 1:      Introduction to Love & Respect : Valuing Nature

Week 1:     Introduction to Love & Respect : Respecting Nature

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Smile and Say “Hi!”

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Name Association

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Interview

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Interview/Introductions

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Who is It?

Week 2:    Getting Acquainted : Ten Person Scavenger Hunt

Week 3:    Montessori Grace & Courtesy : In the Montessori Classroom

Week 3:    Montessori Grace & Courtesy : General Courtesy

Week 4:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 1 : When to Walk Away

Week 4:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 1 : Active Listening: Telephone Game

Week 4:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 1 : Active Listening: Hot Harry Play

Week 4:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 1 : Active Listening Practice

Week 4:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 1 : Keep a Lid on It!

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : A Magic Formula

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : A Strong Person Says ‘Sorry!’

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : Agree to Disagree Agreeably

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : Power Struggles

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : The Body Language Bus

Week 5:    Avoiding Conflict: Week 2 : Including Others

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : Time to Take a Stand!

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : Use a Word!

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : Good & Bad Words

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : ‘I’ Statements

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : Say it Strong and Firm

Week 6:    Conflict Resolution : A Three Part Sandwich

Week 7:    Cultural Respect : First People

Week 7:    Conflict Resolution : Peace Conferences: Introduction

Week 7:    Conflict Resolution : Peace Conferences: Mediator Training

Week 7:    Conflict Resolution : Peace Conferences: Practice

Week 8:    Respecting and Loving Yourself : I Am Lovable and Capable

Week 9:    Climb the Mountain of Learning : The Couch Potato

Week 9:    Climb the Mountain of Learning : Working with Others

Week 9:    Climb the Mountain of Learning : Where There’s a Will There’s a Way!

Week 9:    Climb the Mountain of Learning : Haste Makes Waste

Week 9:    Climb the Mountain of Learning : Student Skits

Week 9:    Cultural Respect : Historical Figures Costume Ball

Week 10:  Democracy in Action : The Election

Week 10:  Respecting and Loving Yourself : The Banana And Plum

Week 11:  Honoring our Veterans : Why is there War?

Week 11:  Honoring our Veterans : Vets in Your Family Tree

Week 11:  Honoring Servicemen & Women : Thank You Notes

Week 12:  Positive Mental Attitude : Whiny Wendy and Wow William

Week 13:  Thanksgiving : Thank You Cards

Week 13:  Thanksgiving : The 1st Thanksgiving: Fact or Myth?

Week 14:  Take Charge of Your Life : Hitting the Target in Life

Week 14:  Take Charge of Your Life : Choosing the Target

Week 14:  Take Charge of Your Life : Picking Your Arrows

Week 14:  Take Charge of Your Life : Robin, Will You Take Up Your Bow?

Week 14:  Take Charge of Your Life: : Hitting the Target in Life

Week 15:  Complimenting Others : The Compliment Club

Week 15:  Complimenting Others : Compliments that Encourage!

Week 15:  Complimenting Others : Be Specific

Week 15:  Complimenting Others : Dare to Go Deeper!

Week 15:  Complimenting Others : Qualifiers, Smalifiers!

Week 16:  Complimenting Others : Compliment Bombardment

Week 17:  It’s Your Community! : What is Community?

Week 17:  It’s Your Community! : What is an Ideal Community?

Week 17:  It’s Your Community! : Rate Our Community

Week 17:  It’s Your Community! : How Can We Make It Better?

Week 17:  It’s Your Community! : Kaizen Community Meeting

Week 18:  Cooperation/Trust : Knots

Week 18:  Cooperation/Trust : Lessons from Geese

Week 18:  Cooperation/Trust : Trust Fall

Week 18:  Cooperation/Trust : Trust Walk

Week 18:  Cooperation/Trust : Cookie Machine

Week 19:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Country “X” Simulation Game

Week 19:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Rosa Parks’s Bus Ride

Week 19:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : A Lunch Counter & Apple Pie

Week 19:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Linda Brown & Ruby Bridges

Week 19:  Dr. Week 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. : ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Week 20:  Avoiding Conflict : The Golden Rule: Introduction

Week 20:  Avoiding Conflict : The Golden Rule: Practice

Week 21:  A Healthy Lifestyle: Food : Body Mass Index

Week 21:  A Healthy Lifestyle Food : The Food Pyramid

Week 21:  A Healthy Lifestyle Food : Smart Eating Food Target

Week 22:  Positive Mental Attitude : Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Week 22:  Positive Mental Attitude : Half Full or Half Empty?

Week 22:  Positive Mental Attitude : Change Your Physiology!

Week 22:  Positive Mental Attitude : Make a Golden Day!

Week 22:  Positive Mental Attitude : Throw Away Your Worries!

Week 23:  Fruits of a Loving Heart : Hearts of Kindness

Week 23:  Fruits of a Loving Heart : Egg-straordinary People

Week 23:  Fruits of a Loving Heart : Patience

Week 23:  Fruits of a Loving Heart : Gifts from the Heart

Week 23:  Fruits of a Loving Heart : Party Time!

Week 24:  Positive Role Models : Mt. Rushmore: Four Great Presidents

Week 25:  Famous Peacemakers : Maria Montessori

Week 25:  Famous Peace Makers : Fred Rogers

Week 25:  Famous Peace Makers : Mother Teresa

Week 25:  Famous Peace Makers : Mahatma Ghandi

Week 25:  Famous Peace Makers : Jane Addams

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : Collecting Data

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : How Much TV Do You Watch?

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : Rate the TV Show

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : Video Game Survey Results

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : Video Games: Good or Bad?

Week 26:  Technology/Media Choices : Make a Commitment!

Week 27:  Personal Safety : What is a Bully?

Week 27:  Personal Safety : Bullied? Not!

Week 27:  Personal Safety : Protective Head Gear

Week 27:  Personal Safety : Lucas Malik Story

Week 27:  Personal Safety : Dog Bite Prevention

Week 28:  Personal Safety : KidPower

Week 29:  Loving Our Neighbor : Giving Back

Week 29:  Loving Our Neighbor : Where Can I Help?

Week 29:  Loving Our Neighbor : Choosing a Class Service Project

Week 29:  Loving Our Neighbor : Choosing & Developing Strategies

Week 29:  Loving Our Neighbor : Sharing Individual Service Projects

Week 30:  Overcoming Disabilities : Disabilities Charades

Week 30:  Overcoming Disabilities : Simulation Game: ‘Not Able To’

Week 30:  Overcoming Disabilities : Challenges Are Gifts

Week 30:  Overcoming Disabilities : Awareness & Etiquette

Week 30:  Overcoming Disabilities : Not Stupid, Not Bad

Week 31:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle : What are WE Throwing Away?

Week 31:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle : A Virtual Trip to the Dump

Week 31:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle : Compost Completes the Cycle

Week 31:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle : The Perfect Lunch

Week 32:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle : Environmental Debates

Week 33:  Avoiding/Resolving Conflict : Squirms

Week 34:  Emergency Preparedness : Household Chemicals & Medicine

Week 34:  Emergency Preparedness : House Fire Safety

Week 34:  Emergency Preparedness : The Thunderstorm Survival Game

Week 34:  Emergency Preparedness : Wilderness Survival

Week 34:  Emergency Preparedness : The Three S’s

Week 35:  Dealing with Loss : Loss Is a Natural Part of Life

Week 35:  Dealing with Loss : Accepting Loss in Five Stages

Week 35:  Dealing with Loss : Bringing Us to TEARs

Week 35:  Dealing with Loss : A Silver Lining

Week 35:  Dealing with Loss : Take a Chance… Again!

Week 36:  Memories : Memory Books, Week One

Week 37:  Memories : A Letter to Myself

Week 37:  Memories : Memory Books, Week Two

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