The Montessori Method is a prepared educational environment where children can live and work in freedom and peace.
It is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, who in the late 1800s, worked with children in various settings and observed them. She observed them to see how they learned and how she could facilitate their learning.
Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children are naturally eager to learn and investigate the world around them. Children are also capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. The Montessori Approach is a child-centered education.
In a Montessori Approach, a parent or teacher prepares a safe and supported environment for a child to learn in.
Montessori Method contains four major avenues of work:
- Practical life
- Sensorial Development
- Development of Language
- Early preparation of the Mathematical Mind
You see, from birth to around six years of age, children have an absorbent mind. This means that they learn effortlessly, soaking in huge amounts of information as easily as a sponge soaks up water.
Dr. Maria Montessori breaks this learning stage into two sub-stages: the unconscious and conscious stage.
Children under the age of three absorb information without conscious effort. Then from three to around six years old, children pass into a more conscious stage of development. They still have a sponge-like mind but now they will consciously seek certain experiences.
Whatever skills and lessons we sow into our child’s heart that is what he will remember later on in his life.
As parents, it is our responsibility to not miss out on our kids’ vital learning stage for even the Bible teaches us to-
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
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