‘Grace and Courtesy’ is the title given to one of the five components of the Practical Life area in the Montessori classroom. The philosophy behind this component is that the child desires to learn proper social
Maria Montessori believed that education begins at birth. All other mammals, besides human, can walk in some form soon after birth, as well as make the noises recognized as the sounds of their species.
It is not unreasonable to wonder about the individuality in learning skills from one child to another of the same age. This happens when parents of siblings compare, and when parents compare other children in their child’s class. To make an accurate comparison is difficult since so many variables need to be the same.
There are many gifts we give our children throughout their lives. The lasting treasures are always difficult to achieve, but the effort is worth it. We want our children to be independent, mature and responsible. We have to worry about the mixed messages we often inadvertently give.
Montessori is a way of looking at a space and making it child-friendly. There are ideas you can apply to your entire house. In your child’s room, for example, pictures should be hung at the child’s eye level. Beds are positioned so they can easily be accessed and made by your little one. Dressers need […]
Your child cannot get along with a playmate in the yard—a test. Your bundle of joy has forgotten his or her lunch or mittens– a test. Your precious has made a mess of their room– a test. What do you do? No really, what do you do? These are the opportunities given to us on a daily basis to help determine our role in the life of our children. Your actions or most often your reactions set you on a path. This path might include servitude. Parents have an overriding need to be indispensable.