Maria Montessori and her pedagogy
Thanks to Maria Montessori, thousands of children all over the world have been happy learning through a Pedagogy created to develop their full potential
Through observation children’scapacities are discovered
Maria Montessori was the first Italian woman doctor. She created and developed her pedagogy in the first half of the 20th century. Besides being a doctor Maria Montessori was an anthropologist and philosopher and most important of all she adored children.
Through observation, he became aware of the high abilities of children and how adults did not allow them to develop properly. Little by little he developed a series of theories that he was able to apply directly in the first “Casa dei Banbini” opened in Rome on Kings Day 1907.
Respect for the child
The fundamental pillar is respect for the child and his or her capacities
Such was their success that they soon proliferated throughout Italy. Their fundamental pillar was respect for the child and his or her abilities. Encouraging children’s independence according to their stages of development. To this end, a series of materials were created to help achieve these objectives.
A whole system of education was created from the earliest ages up to the pre-university stage (the baccalaureate). Always encouraging the abilities of each child and respecting their wishes. Over the years, everything I believe in has been endorsed by modern neuroscience and by current psychology and pedagogy.
The absorbing mind manifests itself in the first 6 years
Maria Montessori believes that children in their early years have an absorbent mind. They are like sponges and learn from their environment, which should be as rich as possible in order to get the most out of it.
It makes no sense to waste precious years of a child’s life by having them colouring dolls on paper. Just when they learn so many things in a much more perfect way than an adult. In the first years of life ( from 0 to 6 years) it is very important to offer the child activities that help them to lay the right foundations.