“The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them.... The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori
We were blessed with a great turnout for our Curriculum Night last Thursday. Thank you to all who could attend! It was great to have the time to explain exactly what the children are doing each morning while they are with us and to be able to answer questions. If you were unable to attend, below you will find the handout that was available:
Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator. Her interest in education began when she worked with institutionalized children. She observed mentally challenged children achieve an amazing level of development when an appropriate method of instruction was used along with carefully devised manipulative materials. Some years later she worked with typical children and, in 1907, opened the first “Casa dei Bambini,” or “Children’s Home,” in a slum in San Lorenzo, Italy. Dr. Montessori devoted the rest of her life to careful observation and study of children. Her observations led to the discovery that the environment should be a “help to life,” an aid to child development rather than a hindrance. Dr. Montessori introduced revolutionary concepts such as: the absorbent mind, sensitive periods of development, the importance of repetition, liberty leading to inner discipline, concentration, joy in work, social development and, primarily, the need of the prepared environment. She was instrumental in changing the conditions and treatment of children and has had a tremendous impact on the course of education. For those parents wishing more information about Dr. Montessori and her method, we would be happy to recommend additional reading.
Hallmarks of Montessori Philosophies and Methods
How Can I Support My Child’s Learning At Home?
The following suggestions are what we have found to be the most effective learning support for your child: