Montessori Archives

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

Margherita VitaliMontessori teacher

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

child plays with Montessori panel

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

child playing in montessori house

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

Margherita VitaliMontessori teacher

little girl playing in her montessori room

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

Margherita VitaliMontessori teacher

a mother reads a picture book with her daughter

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

the child plays unhurriedly

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!”

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The obedient child helps load the dishwasher

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

Practice autonomy

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The little girl washes the dishes independently

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

Children play together with animal puppets

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The child concentrated while playing

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?

Francesca PericaMontessori teacher

mother and little girl playing together on the carpet

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The child helps tidy up the house

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

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

Materials of the Montessori method

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”

Iliana Morellifounder of the BOBOTO project

Little girl blowing on a dandelion

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 Musmecimusician and teacher And Eliza Sargentimusician and teacher

Xylophone for children

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

Iliana Morellifounder of the BOBOTO project

The child observes a flower

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?

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

Little girl plays with toy work tools

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!

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

Children's room to arrange

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

Isabella MichelettiMontessori coach

The child learns to wash dishes

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.

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