Living the Montessori Way
Our Modern Montessori Life?
“Impressions do not merely enter a child’s mind; they form it.”
~ Maria Montessori
We choose to incorporate the principles in our every day life, practice the values of peace, and shed the light on self value and self intrinsic learning, live and be one with our mother earth. I grew up being told that I could, not that I couldn't; yes instead of no, and try it, I trust you, instead of that's too dangerous. Do you know what that does for a little human?
My oldest child is 17. We've been encouraging her to explore her strengths and her challenges equally. There are struggles for us as parents every day too. The world we now coexist in can be scary, how do we teach our children that they don't have to be afraid of what's around the corner? It's different for each family, we choose to share a sense of calm, a sense of self knowledge and self worth. We also choose not to shelter our children. Again, parenting is just another hat some of us wear, another journey we are on. I think one of the tricks is to learn every day, and welcome it without frustration and anger, but a sense of wonder.
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What exactly is Montessori?
Montessori is an extremely popular educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900's. Through her way of education, children receive knowledge and the ability to learn encompassing the whole child in a safe and prepared environment. She believed, with her son Mario, that children were worthy of respect. That we as humans could develop a love for learning from a very young age, provided the proper parameters; including the natural outdoor environment, music, exploration, beautiful and realistic educational materials, and peace education. Through her work with many young orphans, and countless hours of observation she recognized that not all children are the same and delineated their development into three stages:
1) Children in the age range of 0-6 are considered, in Montessori terms, to be in the ‘Infancy, First Plane of Development.’ The Construction of Individuality and the Absorbent Mind. This period is an unconscious time of growth, and the body is developing from head to toe. This phase is all about constructing the individual self. ‘Windows of opportunity’ open specific innate learning doors as they get older, allowing certain skills to be learned more easily than at later times during their education.
2) Children in the 6-12 age range are in the 2nd plane of Montessori development, called the 'Reasoning mind: Acquisition of Culture and The Cosmic Plan.' These students are very social beings developing a sense of fairness, a desire to follow rules, and experience many periods of learning. These periods can be very sudden and end as quick as they began. During these times children absorb mass amounts of information which becomes stepping stones for further learning. This is not mastery, but helps the child toward building a solid foundation.
3) 12- 18 year olds are in the 3rd stage of development; the 'Development of the personal self and earth surroundings.' The children are entering into their adolescent years and are working hard on social consciousness, this is a wonderful time for children to work in their community and to continue practical life skills building the knowledge for future independence. This would include cooking, cleaning, and also discovering artistic tendencies.
“If puberty is on the physical side a transition from an infantile to an adult state, there is also, on the psychological side, a transition from the child who has to live in a family, to the man who has to live in society . These two needs of the adolescent: for protection during the time of the difficult physical transition, and for an understanding of the society which he is about to enter to play his part as a man[…..]This means that there is an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experience what are the elements of social life. We have called these children the ‘Erdkinder’ because they are learning about civilization through its origin[…]they are the “land-children.” ~ Maria Montessori
Montessori is now offered all around the world for ages 6 weeks of infancy all the way through high school. Families are adopting the principles as a way of life and schools are waking up to the possibilities. Schools could be private, some public school districts are implementing Montessori values, and many charter schools. Montessori has been adapted to grow with our societal needs, remember, the philosophy is malleable, carry the principles on and enjoy the way of life!
Personal Opinion- Montessori materials are a very hot topic for young children. I personally love Waldorf style materials to help build imagination from 0-5 years. The natural materials hold a value to none other. I am not a fan of plastic, light up, battery operated items. I want quality, an earth connection, beauty, and the items to be open-ended for creativity.
“The child will develop a kind of philosophy which teaches this unity of the universe; this is the very thing to motivate his interest and to give him a better insight into his own place and task in the world and at the same time presenting a chance for the development of his creative energy.” ~ Maria Montessori
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