Observations of Dr. Montessori

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Montessori's Observations

• Children make a match with mom/parent.
This is the reason that consistency is such a key issue in early childhood development. Children feel comfortable with routine because they know what to expect • Children need order.
As above, when the environment has inherent structure and order, children feel safe. Children need to feel safe to explore their environment. • Children have an innate desire to learn.
Our brains are hard-wired to learn. Children will learn spontaneously. Our role is to facilitate this as much as possible without interfering in the natural learning patterns of each individual child. • Children have a drive for spontaneous activity.

Any person who has been near a young child knows this is true. In a Montessori environment, children are free to move about the classroom within the guideline of being respectful to others. • Children must be active to gain self-discipline.

When a child chooses a work from a shelf, does the work to the best of their ability and returns the work to the place that they found it. This is a completed work cycle. Adults often marvel at the child's ability to focus on a task with such deep concentration. This is because they chose the work. It called to something within the child. No adult, parent or teacher could ever coach this concentration. It is innate within the child. Through the choosing of works and full completion of tasks, the child becomes self-motivated, self-disciplined and self-directed. • Children learn through imitation and trial and error. This was not a new concept even one hundred years ago. However, Montessori utilized the principle. In a Montessori environment, the teacher/guide shows the child how to do the work. She then invites the child to do the exercise. The child may repeat the exercise as many times as they like. The way in which the child does the exercise gives the guide clues about the child's...
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