And what is this thing called Montessori?
To best describe it, think of a kernel of corn. Locked within that kernel lies possibilities and potential. The potential and possibility to become…..a full grown, mature, fruit bearing plant, in all of it magnificence. In order for it to become that what does it need? Well, of course, we would say, “Water, sunshine in the right amounts. Then soil nutrients, temperature and depth of placement. Then care in the stages of growth or ‘protection’, if you would.” And I would add, “Faith and patience.” So for these possibilities or potentialities to come to pass it needs the correct environment. We do not teach a seed how to grow.
We do not teach a child how to grow either. The Montessori Method is an environment in which the child best develops the potential ability for the man/woman to come. It is an environment set up specifically for the child. It is designed to take full advantage of the child’s desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.
The Montessori Environment nurtures:
- Intellectual abilities
- Social abilities
- Emotional abilities
The Absorbent Mind
Through the hands. The child possesses an unusual sensitivity and intellectual ability to absorb and learn form his environment that are unlike those of the adult both in quality and capacity.
The child absorbs knowledge form his/her environment simply by living. Adults acquire knowledge with intelligence, whilst the child absorbs with his/her whole psychic life. The impressions not only penetrate into his mind, the form it; they become incarnate.
For more information on the Montessori Method see Wikipedia