“The mathematic mind is a mind that is especially interested in mathematics. Rather than find them boring and absurd, they find them interesting and absorbing. It is a fact that most children in our Montessori schools manage to achieve great enthusiasm while working with mathematics...
“Dr Maria Montessori took this idea that the human has a mathematical mind from a French philosopher Pascal and developed a revolutionary math learning material for children as young as 3 years old. Her mathematical materials allow the children to begin their mathematical journey from a concrete concept...
Developing the Mathematical Mind in the Montessori Environment
The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics. ~Plato
Maria Montessori believed that human intelligence is no longer based on natural intelligence but on mathematical intelligence. Humans have moved beyond the innate survival instincts...
of symbols with an agreed upon meaning that is shared within a group of individuals. Maria Montessori understood that children have to learn language, that it is not inborn. She also understood the adolescent mind has a long sensitive period for language. Because language is deeply connected to the process...
The Math area is an integral part of the overall Montessori curriculum. Math is all around us. Children are exposed to math in various ways since their birth. They begin to see numbers all around their environment. It is inherent for them to ask questions about time, money and questions about quantities...
GDE 501.1 – Assignment One: Summary of Topics (approx. 2000 words)
Read The Montessori Method and modern child development texts. In approximately 400 words for each topic, summarize Dr Montessori's approach and discuss how Montessori's views on these topics are regarded in child development texts today...
The Absorbent mind
Art and creativity
Fantasy and imagination
The Great Lessons
activity he may arrive at independence” ( The Montessori method, chapter 5,pg118)
Comment on the above quote and explain how the Montessori practical life exercises help the child to become independent.
In devising her method, Maria Montessori had but one aim: to assist the child’s natural...
think, reason and understand instead of doing things automatically or by instinct. So, all theories agree that intelligence is the ability of the human mind.
Moreover, intelligence is not fixed at birth as well as it does not deteriorate with age. It can, and should be developed throughout life from childhood...
Dr Maria Montessori was both a pragmatist and visionary. Her medical and anthropological background helped her to study human life from conception to the end of life. According to Dr. Maria Montessori the main goal of education is the development of complete...
of natural and spontaneous inclination for mental calculations.
Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori
Discuss the statement and explain how a Montessori directress develops the mathematical mind of young children in the prepared environment.
Everything in our life involves...
Q: Montessori in the Absorbent Mind writes that “the hands are instruments of man’s intelligence”. It is therefore critical that children develop the ability to control and coordinate their hand muscle so that these can come into contact with the environment in intelligent ways.
Discuss the principles...
The Absorbent Mind - Chapter 7 The Secret of Childhood Chapter 6
Montessori: A Modern Approach - pp30-31
The Absorbent Mind - Chaps 3, 10, 11, 13 The Secret of
Childhood - Chap 7, 8
Montessori, A Modern Approach - p 32-36
Montessori: Her Life and Work -...
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Born Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori
August 31, 1870
Chiaravalle, Marche, Italy
Died May 6, 1952 (aged 81)
Noordwijk, South Holland, Netherlands
Dr. Maria Montessori talks about the double embryonic life of the human species . She calls them “The Physical Embryo and “The Spiritual Embryo”
The human body first takes shape as a self forming embryo, requiring during its formation the protection and nurturance of the womb that envelops it. A physical...
children from the moment they are weaned, are making their way towards independence”.
Dr. Montessori; The Absorbent Mind, Chap-8)
Young children have a strong drive to be independent. Maria Montessori understood this, and created the practical Life activities to help children accomplish that independence...
living. Dr Maria Montessori felt that children need to be shown and given opportunities so that they learn how to do everyday living activities in a purposeful way.
“The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience work.” – Maria Montessori
“The 8 human tendencies as developed by Maria Montessori and how they are displayed in children through the 3 main stages of development”.
Compulsion, proclivites, predispositions, predilictions; these are some of the words we use in place of tendencies. The Oxford English dictionary defines...
barrier which encloses a given human company, and separates it from all others. It unites men and they develop and expand according to the need of their mind. It is through communication that human beings have cooperated with each other to solve common problems. It is through communication based on written...
the heart of all creation – these qualities make man the unparalleled work of Nature”
(Montessori, M., From Childhood To Adolescence, 1973)
Discuss the eight human tendencies as developed by Dr. Montessori and her followers. Show how children show these tendencies during the three main stages of...
Montessori states that, ‘The hand is the instrument of the mind’. Explain the importance of the hand by referring to the use of the hand in working with the Sensorial Materials.
“The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being...
custodial care. A French politician heard about the boy and suggested that he be brought to Paris so he could be studied as an example of the human mind in its primitive state. However, the physicians who examined the boy said that he was not wild, but mentally deficient and had been abandoned by his...
The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Translated by Anne Everett George (1882-). New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912.
DR. MONTESSORI GIVING A LESSON IN TOUCHING GEOMETRICAL INSETS
The basis of Montessori approach is that learning through experience and going through the process of investigation and discovery is one of the most effective ways for a child to learn Montessori also believes that children do not learn by memorizing information given to them but from concrete experiences...
state. For this reason Dr. Maria Montessori called that the human being is still a "spiritual embryo" when it is born.
"Man seems to have two embryonic periods, one is prenatal like that of the animals; the other is postnatal and only man has this."
-The Absorbent Mind, p55, Chapter 7.
“A child possesses...
Q1.How does Montessori describe “Education”? How is it different from general explanation of the world? What is unique about the Montessori system?
Ans- Dr Montessori felt that education should no longer consist only of imparting knowledge; it must instead take a new path seeking the release of human...
Montessori Method has not only developed in the United States, but has spread worldwide. There are over 4000 Montessori schools in the United States and Canada, and total about 20,000 worldwide. Parts of the world include Asia, Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Central and South...
Development of Motor Skills – Movement and activity are child’s natural tendency through which learning happiness. Every material in Montessori environment are arranged according to the child’s needs and reachable, and the child has freedom to move, it is the movement that starts the intellectual...
The child according to Maria Montessori is an incomplete being at birth, how does the child recreate himself and in what way could the prepared environment facilitate his self-reconstruction?
When a child is born, it is born into a world and life that is unfamiliar and different from that which he...
Maria Montessori was a revolutionary ahead of her time in the field of education. Her goal was to develop the whole personality of the child and the Montessori system which she introduced was based on her strong belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. The primary area of her focus was...
The Montessori Classroom
Walk into any Montessori classroom in the world and you will likely find many similarities. The classroom will be setup into different areas: language, math, science, sensorial and practical life. There will be a few large and small tables, several rugs in a stand...
calculations and measurement is a social requirement.
Dr Maria Montessori used to point out in her lectures that our whole civilisation was based on mathematics. Engineering, navigation, architecture, aeronautics, machinery all depend on mathematical calculations. Government bodies and almost all organizations...
Absorbent mind is defined as the first plane of development where the child has the capability to absorb large amounts of information about his/her environment through his/her senses. The absorbent mind is a universal characteristic of young children. It is unique to the first six years...
The Absorbent Mind
Chapter 13 - Summary
October 19th, 2013.
In this chapter, Dr. Montessori passionately expresses the importance of the nervous, the sensory, and the muscular systems being harmoniously utilized, to aide in the general development of the human race. In the past, at educational...
the child have no
For example, going up and going down the stairs,throwing an object and putting an
object in their mouth.
Montessori obedience must come from the child self awareness by working with activity
in the environment and not the fear of the adult. There are 3 level...
“Montessori believed that the intelligence and imagination powers of children should stretch out into the farthest reaches of the universe in order to understand themselves as human beings and to discover their cosmic task.”
Discuss this statement and describe how a Montessori directress should prepare...
Question: “Language lies at the root of that trams formation of the environment that we call civilization”. How is language is encouraged in Montessori prepared environment.
Answer: “Language lies at the root of that trams formation of the environment that we call civilization”. Reflection on this...
educational theorists, Rudolf Steiner and Maria Montessori. Throughout this I will give a background of each theorist and their contributions and then discuss how they either have similarities or differences.
Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in the provincial...
In this chapter Maria Montessori inform us that the first school for small children was opened January 6, 1907 and at that time there was no special system of instruction. The students were around 50 poor children and the classroom a room in the apartment house
Maria Montessori had already worked with...
Explain how the Montessori environment facilitates the child’s creativity.
Children today can take part in an endless variety of activities. From computer games to play stations and violin lessons or from football practice to ballet; there is no shortage of skills to learn. However children also need...
formative. Children in this age group were readily able to ‘soak-up’ information from their environment like a sponge. Dr Montessori appropriately termed this ‘The Absorbent Mind’. She also discovered that children (0-6 yrs) showed “Sensitive Periods” for learning. These areas of learning included:
Explain how practical life exercises in the home and Montessori school can provide the ideal setting to compliment both psychic and social embryonic development.
Children who are educated through the Montessori Method are fulfilled and happy. The main reason is, the child gets pleasure...
Maria Montessori: her life and work, pg 174
Learning, by itself, cannot happen without concentration. Whether we are learning to tie our shoes, write our name, wash a car or solve complex algebraic equations, there is intense concentration specific to the task at hand. Dr. Maria Montessori understood...
and feel and manipulate objects. They feed their minds through activities. They learn through their senses to satisfy their insatiable appetite for things to do. The first of the child’s organs to begin functioning are his senses.
Dr. Maria Montessori based her method of teaching young children considering...
powerful, it is created. These creative possibilities urge the individual and the social group towards progress with a sense of fulfillment. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children are born with incredible learning potentialities and an intrinsic desire to explore, discover, and learn about their world...
of the Absorbent Mind
After observing children, Maria Montessori noticed that children from birth till six years of age (in the first plane of development) learnt effortlessly in such an intense way that left them feeling refreshed. She called this phenomenon the “Absorbent Mind”.
their way towards independence.”
Dr Montessori believed that from the moment child is born, he begins his journey to independence. She believed that every child is born with certain potentialities/Nebulae and an urge or Horme to carry out activities. Maria Montessori termed the child as the spiritual embryo...
of number grows from experience with real objects but eventually they become abstract ideas. It is one of the most abstract concepts that the human mind has encountered. No physical aspects of objects can ever suggest the idea of number. The ability to count, to compute, and to use numerical relationships...
1. Describe the life and works of Dr. Maria Montessori?
Dr. Montessori is recognized as the founder of Montessori Method and one of the pioneers in the development of early childhood education. She is also respected and reputed for promoting a substantial number of important educational reforms, which...
known as the Absorbent Mind (Montessori, 1966 and 2007a), phase two – six to
twelve years known as Childhood and then phase three – twelve to eighteen years which is referred to as
Adolescence. The first phase is basically divided into to two sub stages, the spiritual (Montessori, 1966 and
how practical Life Exercises in the home and Montessori school can provide the ideal setting to complement both the psychic and social embryonic development. Discuss this statement.
Children educated through the Montessori Method are fulfilled and happy. The main reason...
“joy of life.” The child is always enthusiastic, always happy.” Montessori The Absorbent Mind p 83
A child, the “psychic embryo”, just like the physical embryo, needs a living environment in which it needs to develop. Maria Montessori believes in a necessary relationship between children and their...
often forget that imagination is a force for the discovery of truth" (Absorbent mind, PG 177)
Using the quote above, explain how cultural materials help the child to discover the truth through imagination.
Dr. Maria Montessori, the revolutionary explorer in early childhood education in the 20th century...
How the Practical life activities assist the child holistically in his/her development? Describe the process with reference to Montessori understanding of child’s natural rights of development.
During the child’s sensitive period between birth and 6, the child is constructing the...
carry a certain meaning. The sounds conform to rules that define not only the meaning but the order in which the words have to be arranged. Dr Maria Montessori saw development of language in three main distinct but related stages- spoken language, written language, and reading. Each stage is designed to...
environment complimented by the Montessori cultural materials & presentations?
Maria Montessori had a deep and understanding spiritual view about the world. Very often she talked about the physic energies and what the soul needs. Hence, she understood the importance of mind, body and spirit working together...
Montessori believed that the imagination be encouraged through real experiences and not fantasy. She felt very strong that this powerful force was not wasted on fantasy. It was important to allow a child to develop their imagination from real information and real experiences. Montessori believed that...
teacher’s knowledge and understanding of these periods determines his / her preparation and custodianship of the prepared environment.
Maria Montessori believed that the child at birth possesses a pre-determined psychic pattern waiting to unfold itself. As she said:” A child possesses an active psychic...
(Maria Montessori – The discovery of the child)
Dr. Montessori recognized that children are born with a particular kind of mind, one that is naturally inclined towards order. This ‘special’ mind is what gives humans the ability to make judgments and to...