Episode 47 – Rebroadcast: Freedom and Discipline with Claire Paglia

Season 2, with new episodes of the podcast, will begin in October of 2021.
Freedom and Discipline with Claire Paglia originally aired on February 3, 2021

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17

Freedom and Discipline are two words usually used as opposites and yet they are at the heart of the Montessori method and our work in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Maria Montessori believed that true discipline comes from within and that freedom is the ability to accept rules without being limited by them. The purposeful work that we offer in our environments that leads to concentration and then is followed by the opportunity to make choices and then subsequently develops the will, feeds independence, and results in freedom. Discipline is not the idea of “training people to obey rules” but more about self-discipline. It comes from within the child rather than imposed externally. The art of applying Freedom and Discipline in the atrium, classroom, or our homes can be tricky as we encounter children of different needs or different emotional states from day to day. Claire Paglia joins us on the podcast today to speak about Montessori’s philosophy of Freedom and Discipline and its application with children.

Claire Paglia was a child of the atrium. As an adult, she is an AMI-trained guide who has been in the primary environment for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in Montessori from Loyola University, Maryland. She worked for a year as a course assistant for the primary training center. In 2012, she received her Level I formation and has been a catechist at her church in varying capacities since then. She enjoys spending time with her family and particularly enjoys preparing Montessori-friendly spaces at home for her three children.


Episode References

Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi:

The Absorbent Mind (Owl Edition, 1995) Chapters 25 and 26

The Discovery of the Child (Clio edition, 1997) Chapters 3 and 23

The Secret of Childhood (Ballantine, 1966) Chapter 19

Education for a New World (Clio edition, 2007) Chapter 12

At Home with Montessori

Curious Parenting

Dr. Becky at Home

Seed and Sew

The NAMTA Journal: Montessori’s Positive Psychology to Help All Children (Spring 2017 Volume 42, Number 2)

Montessori Speaks to Parents: A Collection of Articles