Basic Profile


Claudia Mann



Valley Center



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United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

Connecting students and teachers to the wonders of our planet.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

We started our work as Montessori teachers developing materials that extended the Montessori Great Lessons and made research possible for young students. We continue to develop hands-on experiences in a variety of subject areas to develop understanding, and to use deep time as a means of connecting a variety of subjects from art to grammar and beyond.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

We (my husband, Doug Mann, and I) are long-time Montessori teachers with a passion for Cosmic Education. Near the middle of our careers, we began to develop materials for our students, ages 6 to 12, that would make this complex subject accessible. We’ve written booklets, developed curriculum of hands-on experiences in geology, biology, art, and, of course, pre-history, and created imaginative materials that can be used by students as young as 6 or 7.  In recent years, we have connected this study with art and theater activities, and are now embarking on extensions into grammar following Montessori fundamentals, but using the context of deep time.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

We hope to gain others’  insights to concepts as well as participate in discussions of this vast and vibrant subject. We would be happy to share the work we’ve complete or are working on as well as listen to the work being investigated by others.  We can be contacted through our emails: [email protected] or [email protected]

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

We bring passion for the subject, especially as related to children. And, of course, we have a lot of teaching materials!

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:


Originally inspired to do this work by:

We were originally inspired by our students. They loved the Great Lessons and wanted to do research in the different periods of the time line of life or of specific geologic periods. But the materials they found at the library or in their online searches were simply too complicated. They required our interpretation and re-wording. To support their independence, we began to write little stories for the children to read about ancient animals and time periods. We saw the delight the children took from holding a fossil millions of years old, encouraging us to continue to develop more research materials. Other Montessori teachers, learning of our work, asked us to share the materials we were developing. Eventually we turned this into our small company:

Also inspired to do this work by:

Maria Montessori, Brian Swimme

Call this work:

Big History, Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe, Montessori Cosmic Education

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Deep History

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

Mostly local geology clubs and Montessori organizations: American Montessori Society. Association Montessori Internationale.

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Education, Ecology

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Cosmic Education

‘It is this vision of an indivisible unity made up of energy, of sky, of rocks, of water, of life, of humans as adults and humans as children that lends a sense of the cosmic to Montessori’s thinking. This cosmic sense pervades all of Montessori’s work, both her thinking and her educational approach for all of the different planes and stages of development of the human being: from birth without violence to the Infant Community, to the Casa dei Bambini, to the elementary school, to the Erdkinder community for adolescents.  Quite clearly, then, this cosmic vision belongs by right to the whole of the Montessori movement: it is indeed the key which gives us a shared direction and a common goal in our work’.

‘Maria Montessori’s Cosmic Vision, Cosmic Plan and Cosmic Education’ p 81 – 82 Conference Proceedings, Paris 2001

Are you a teacher/professor?


If yes, what institution?

LePort Montessori School, Encinitas, CA

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:


If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Teacher Training Programs, Programs in Schools and Colleges, Workshops/Seminars

(Optional) Endorsements from people who have participated in your programs:

“We could not have done such a good job without your wonderfully written books that both sparked their imagination and gave fuel to the spark.”
“Claudia and Doug- We completed our science fair class project last week: a 6 foot Paleozoic diorama by period. Other than the water and sky it was totally created by teams of lower el students. What a blast! And it absolutely wowed everyone. They were all so proud and knowledgable. We could not have done such a good job without your wonderfully written books that both sparked their imagination and gave fuel to the spark.”
Thanks loads,
Barbara C-M
Seattle, WA

Educational Products/Services:


Published Books/Movies/Other With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Please see our website under educational materials:

We also have two informational sites with lots of free materials for teachers and students:

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

Montessorian, fossil hunter, rockhound and deep-time advocate.

One website address for display on the map:

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