If you came across my blog and were looking to find more information about Montessori education then you are in the right place. I started working as a substitute teacher recently at Montessori for young children-6 weeks old to 6 years old. That was the first time I even heard of Montessori education and I am still learning a lot about the field thought working and researching for this blog. In my first blog, I would like to cover two things: important terms and the history of Montessori education. Both of these topics will be important for background information and understanding of future blog post as we move through our journey of learning more of the Montessori’s Way!
Important terms- I am not going to list out every term and its definition, but you can find a full list of Montessori Terminology on the American Montessori Society page using the link provided to you here. The ones listed below were also taken from that website and I believe them to be the more important ones for this blog.
- Absorbent mind – From birth through approximately age 6, children experience a period of intense mental activity that allows them to “absorb” learning from their environment without conscious effort, naturally and spontaneously.
- Guide – Historically, the designation for the lead teacher in a Montessori classroom; some schools still refer to the lead teacher as “guide.” In Montessori education, the role of the instructor is to direct or guide individual children to purposeful activity based upon the instructor’s observation of each child’s readiness. The child develops his own knowledge through hands-on learning with didactic materials he chooses.
- Montessori – The term may refer to Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method of education, or the method itself.
- Normalization – A natural or “normal” developmental process marked by a love of work or activity, concentration, self-discipline, and joy in accomplishment. Dr. Montessori observed that the normalization process is characteristic of human beings at any age.
- Work – Purposeful activity. Maria Montessori observed that children learn through purposeful activities of their own choosing; Montessori schools call all of the children’s activities “work.
The History of Montessori Schools– Here is sort of timeline type thing that I created to identify the major points in the life of Maria Montessori and the History of Montessori education. However, I wanted to provide you guys (my readers) more resources to learn about the history and founder. If you are curious about more information, click here to view a four-minute introductory video. It is very kind of dry, but the material is very useful. Click here to access more information about the history of Montessori education. And finally click here and/or here to learn more about the founder, Maria Montessori.
I know that background information can be kind of boring, but now that we have it covered we can continue learning the more interesting and just awesome things about montessori education!