“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...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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”.
“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...
Sensorial area expands the child sensory perceptions and knowledge of the world. Maria Montessori called sensorial materials the "key to the universe" because they enable the to perceive, identity and classify what he sees, touches, smells, taste and hears.
The Sensorial area...
new to the elementary child. This geometric foundation in the primary years and their
continuation in elementary hones the child's mathematical mind; his intelligence.
"The first characteristic which manifests itself in our children after their process of
auto-education has been initiated...
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...
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 Montessori loved mathematics. In Italy in the 1880 she chose to attend a boy’s technical school just so she could study mathematics. This love of mathematics is very visible in the wonderful materials she designed so young children could share her enthusiasm. In the Montessori view the ‘mathematical...
Activity of the child will become purposeful only when or if the materials used is for the purpose it has been created.
2. Presentations in Montessori has two forms, it can be direct presentations and indirect presentations. Direct Presentations has three types: Collective Presentations, Group...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Montessori Dictionary A-C
A mind able to absorb knowledge quickly and effortlessly. Montessori said the child from birth to six years has an “absorbent mind.”
Related to the idea of an absorbent mind (Haines, 1993) is a special power of the young child that can be called the...
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...
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 – 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...
The Absorbent mind
Art and creativity
Fantasy and imagination
The Great Lessons
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Elements of Montessori Education
Montessori education is a child centric method of education that caters to the complete development of the child. The three key elements of the Montessori method are - The adult (Directress), Prepared environment & Montessori materials.
The adult (Directress)