“Like Montessori we believe that education is “an aid to life” and its end result is a mature, healthy adult. We believe that everything we do should reflect a respect for each child, their potential, their individuality and their humanity. In our approach to education we seek to help children become independent, self disciplined, internally motivated, and enthusiastic learners through the curriculum we use, the environments we design and the methods of guiding development and behavior we employ.
Montessori said the children’s play is their work. In that same spirit, we believe that children learn through doing, through experimenting, through making choices and by making mistakes. In this way they gain mastery of their physical bodies, their emotions, and their minds.”
During a guided tour through a thriving Montessori school in Chandler I had the privilege to experience these core principles (from their website) in action.
I saw playful curiosity, respectful interactions and gentle guidance through their teachers, as these 8-10 year old kids explored yoga exercise cards together.
Playing is the international language of children and determines a natural pace of learning in a way that new knowledge can be integrated immediately. Senses and emotions are engaged and support long term memory.
The other extreme of processing information suggests simply memorizing for tests without focus on long-term retention – cramming!
Organic knowledge that is well organized in your brain might be more important that vast amounts of isolated facts that may not relate to each other.
With 3 nominations for a Nobel Prize in Peace, Dr. Maria Montessori was definitely a geniuswith assertiveness, heart and soul and a deep passion for children and learning. I wish that her influence on the way we teach and learn would be MUCH stronger….!
“Maria Montessori after World War II said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”