Dr. Montessori defined an Absorbent Mind when a “child is effortless assimilating the sensorial stimuli of the environment” One analogy for this concept: a sponge soaking in everything within the environment. Another analogy: a camera snapping images of everything it sees through the lens. “The ‘absorbent mind‘ welcomes everything, puts its hope in everything, accepts […]
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Within that concept of the Absorbent Mind, she defined Sensitive Periods of Development. The Montessori framework recognizes several important stages in a child’s learning. Sensitive periods are critical milestones where children are particularly open to acquiring certain skills. These distinctions help adults structure their kids’ learning activities. Furthermore, knowledge of this concept allows adults to understand a […]
Although there is no specific Montessori writing on art in a Montessori classroom, we can only imagine the appreciate Dr. Montessori must have had for this approach to learning. Her emphasis on order, neatness, and love of nature gives further indication that she would support artworks within a Montessori classroom. In addition to the general […]
‘Maybe, just maybe, if you waited a moment, the child would dump the puzzle over and do it again. Maybe if you paused and observed the child instead of interrupting the work, or even giving a “great work!” you allow the child to own that experience and perfect his work. Praising might send a confusing […]
A Montessori early childhood classroom environment is unique in the way teachers assess children. You won’t find testing, quizzes, and grades within a Montessori environment. Most of you reading this article are proud and happy that our children don’t have to face the wrath of these tests but where does that leave us? How can […]
Training Montessori assistants is imperative for a smoothly run classroom. If Montessori teachers were given a magic wand for their classrooms, more often than not they’d use it to implement Montessori to the best of their ability. When asked, teachers usually reveal just how many responsibilities they have that can get in the way of their […]