Maria Montessori was an educator who dedicated her life to discovering the secret of childhood, listening with patience and humility to the voices of the little ones. His teaching is an education based on respect, on simple and clear boundaries defined with love and firmness: the child, free and disciplined, discovers the world with his hands and builds his intelligence. In this section, practical advice and suggestions for reflection on some of Maria Montessori’s most beloved subjects.
Learning tower: what it is, what it’s for, and when to recommend it
In Italy the learning tower is also known as the Montessori learning tower, although it does not actually belong to this pedagogy which, on the contrary, provides an environment adapted to the height of the child.
Montessori panels: what they are and for what purpose
The DIY Montessori board must be made of durable material, of good aesthetic quality, and have a color sequence. It can be offered to a child between the ages of about 15 and 24 months, obviously after assessing their interest and level of manual dexterity
How to apply the Montessori method at home
Some tips to help parents choose how to arrange the furniture, what attention they should pay to ensure safety and promote the independence of the little one and what activities they can imagine inside the spaces of the house
How to create a Montessori room? The rules
Maria Montessori emphasized several times the importance of creating an environment suitable for both the physical and intellectual development needs of the little ones. Its principles can also be applied to children’s bedrooms, thus creating a stimulating space suitable for children’s development
Multilingualism and the Montessori method
To encourage the acquisition of multiple languages during early childhood, it is important to expose children to the languages they want to learn as much as possible. No innovative strategies or methods are required, but some practical tips can be helpful
Children are never in a hurry
What drives the child to action is a deep motivation for growth and personal development: he wants the time he needs, he is not satisfied with what is available to him. The adult can facilitate this progress by providing an appropriate, safe and interesting environment, being humble and patient and giving the child all the necessary time to express, understand and practice.
“Yes, mom, I will right away!”
For Maria Montessori, obedience is an achievement that consists of three steps, which she defined as “the three degrees of obedience.” First the child learns to respond to his own will and then to the will of others. Finally, during elementary school, he displays an interest in others, community, participation, and cooperation
A child becomes responsible gradually if we trust him and respect his intelligence. As part of this process, however, it is important to define what is permissible and what is not, and to allow the child to experience a level of responsibility appropriate for their age and developmental level.
Train for anticipation
The moment of waiting is an opportunity for reflection, and reflection allows you to choose better and prepare. To this end, it will be important to prepare the environment, for example by ensuring that the material is available in a single copy. This favors individual work, without at all excluding joint work and collaboration: when this arises spontaneously, children can “do together”
Child’s play is serious business
Maria Montessori used the term “work” and not “play” to describe all serious and important activities that allow the child to perfect or acquire skills and abilities. When the child participates in one of these activities, the parent’s task will be to keep a low tone of voice, not to intervene unless asked, to allow time, space for choice and organizational autonomy.
What does it mean to educate?
Maria Montessori revolutionized the figure of the educator, encouraging the questioning of the traditional role of the authoritarian adult, “former” of the child, in favor of an educational model that allows the child to grow as autonomously, guided and accompanied as possible. discoveries and conquests
Ordering and planning in the age of coronavirus
In a moment like the one we are experiencing, forced indoors due to the coronavirus emergency, it is important to start putting things in order and planning our days, activities that reassure and guide not only the children but also the parents.
The Montessori method, what it is and how it works
What does the Montessori method consist of? First of all, when we talk about Maria Montessori, we should be talking about a philosophy and not an educational method. Let’s see why
The Importance of Cultivating “The Feeling of Nature”
Maria Montessori urges the child to nurture and increase the “feeling of nature”, understood as attention, respect and curiosity towards what lives in the world around him. Some tips on how to do it
Montessori and Suzuki: education goes through music and the environment
Cecilia MusmeciAnd Eliza Sargenti
Montessori and Suzuki advocated the centrality of musical learning in children, also stating that everyone is born with talents that can be developed if the environment allows
Between school and nature: Maria Montessori’s advice
Through outdoor educational activities, the child can directly experience nature: he can observe the life cycle of plants, perceive the passage of time, the change of seasons, etc. Word of Maria Montessori
Montessori play: what is it and how does it work?
Maria Montessori defines children’s multi-play activities as “work”, to emphasize their importance in development and maturation. Educator Annalisa Perino talks to us
Montessori Method: let’s sort it out!
Children, like adults, prefer order to disorder. So let’s try to help them get into the good habit of tidying up right away by following eight helpful tips
Train for autonomy
The “executive functions” of the individual are not completely innate: they are gradually renewed through exercise and already manifested in the young child, gradually becoming more and more complex and refined.