Have you heard about the Montessori approach in raising a child? I haven’t until I became a parent myself. I’m a first time mom and I’ve been seeing a lot of information about Child Development. I am obviously overwhelmed especially that Social Media has taken over and I don’t even know which one to follow. I found a lot of resources on Instagram and joined Facebook groups relating specifically to Parenting, the Montessori way.
It made me curious. What is it about? What do I get out of it? What is her philosophy and what does it say?
Luckily, I was able to connect with a former nursing schoolmate. She has introduced me to different resources to consider if I want to start Montessori Learning at Home. I’m excited to feature her soon in my monthly blog entitled “MomStar of the Month”.
To fully understand the values and principles of Maria Montessori, the Absorbent Mind book was recommended.
As a start, I looked up Montikids, a Montessori program designed and safety tested from birth to Age 3 at home. I am starting my journey with them as I’m hoping to acquire information and expand my child’s potential, the Montessori Way.
So I want to start a Weekly Reading of this book and I want to share the valuable and significant lines that struck me the most by Chapter. Here are my favorites:
- “The first two years are the most important of life. Education during this period must be intended as a help to the development of psychic powers inherent in the human individual.”
- “Observation, very general and widespread, has shown that small children are endowed with a special psychic nature.”
- “It is not the professor who applies psychology to children, it is the children themselves who teach psychology to the professor.”
- The child has a type of mind that absorbs knowledge and instructs himself.”
- “All who have done so agree that the child begins to use words and names at a certain period of life. It is as if he had a particular time-table.”
- “The only language that man learns perfectly is acquired at this period of childhood when no one can teach him.”
- “No matter what help and assistance he will get later in life if he tries to learn a new language, he will not be able speak it with the same exactitude as he does the one acquired in childhood.”
- “It is the whole of our intelligence, our religious sentiment, our special feelings of patriotism and caste that are built during this period of life when no one can teach the child.”
- “If we compare our ability as adults to that of the child it would require us 60 years of hardworking to achieve what a child has achieved in these first three years. At three, a child is an old man.”
- “All children have this power of absorbing culture. If culture can be taken in without fatigue then let us put different items of culture for them to absorb.”
- “Education is not what the teacher gives: education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual. It is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences upon the environment.”
- “The task of the teacher then becomes not one of talking, but one of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity spread in a specially prepared environment.”
- “Any reform of education mist be based upon the development of the human personality. Man himself should become the centre of education.”
- “Man does not develop only at the university: man starts his development from birth and after birth.”
- “The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken.”
Truly, it makes sense what Maria Montessori is saying about the first two years of life. It’s about learning through play, cultivating the skills of independence, creativity and concentration. As I embrace this new journey, I hope I can implement her principles with my own little guy.
Check out Montikids and find out more information about the different levels of Child Development and how to approach it, the Montessori way.
I can’t wait for the next Chapter. Hope I was able to share some valuable insights from the Absorbent Mind to you.
From this list, what struck you the most? Share your thoughts.
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