The Montessori method provides parents and teachers with tips and principles for educating children about happiness and freedom . Worldwide, the Montessori method is present in thousands of schools with maximum diffusion in the United States and is applied in over 100 Italian schools.
In the Montessori method, children should have the opportunity to choose the activities to engage in according to their inclinations. In this way they will certainly be successful in everything they do.
The richness of the Montessori method embraces ecological education , education for peace and globalization to guide children towards love of life. Some sentences that Maria Montessori left in her texts help us to better understand the educational method she devised.
Hope for the future
Hope for the future must be placed in the new generations that will be our salvation and our help. Just starting from children we can build a new humanity starting from a right education that makes them independent and responsible adults.
“If there is hope of salvation and help for humanity, this help can only come from the child, because man is built in him” . (Maria Montessori)
Autonomy of children
The Montessori method focuses on the autonomy of children . Teacher satisfaction is achieved when children are able to work alone, without the need for help, to perform their homework.
The biggest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say: the children are working as if I didn’t exist . ” (Maria Montessori)
Happiness of children
The Montessori method, according to its founder, allows to educate happy children . The happiness of children is considered a good sign of the educational action of adults who take care of supporting it in its growth.
“A proof of the correctness of our educational action is the happiness of the child” . (Maria Montessori)
The importance of concentration
Maybe we don’t realize it, but for children, playing is not just fun. It is in fact a very serious activity that helps him develop numerous skills, among which we find concentration, which will then be fundamental in school and work.
“The first premise for the development of the child is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy . ” (Maria Montessori)
The manual and practical work are the basis of the Montessori method. From an early age, children should be involved in the daily activities of the family and the method provides all the tips and tools to do it.
“Manual work with a practical purpose helps to acquire an inner discipline . ” (Maria Montessori)
Children and parents
Do you think that sometimes the roles between children and parents can be reversed ? According to Maria Montessori, sometimes children are so good at understanding adults that they decide to go along with them to make them happy.
“Often, between children and parents, the parts are reversed. The children, who are very fine observers, have pity on their parents and go along with them to bring them joy . ” (Maria Montessori)
Rich and stimulating environment
For a correct and complete psycho-physical development, the child needs to live in a rich, varied and stimulating environment, where he can face different experiences. Here then is that parents and teachers should pay particular attention to the environment in which children spend most of their days.
“To help a child, we must provide him with an environment that allows him to develop freely” (Maria Montessori).
Help and freedom
In the Montessori method, children carry out activities under the supervision of teachers or parents who must learn not to make people feel too much in their presence. They will be attentive to the child’s activities but will try not to interfere.
“It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child, without letting him feel his presence too much, so that he can always be ready to provide the desired help, but without ever being the obstacle between the child and his experience” . (Maria Montessori).
Don’t hinder learning
It would be better not to help children if the request does not come directly from them. The temptation to meddle in the child’s activities could be strong, but this would not allow the child to achieve his own success on his own .
“Never help a child while doing a task in which he feels he can be successful . ” (Maria Montessori)