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Maria Montessori is one of the most influential names in the history of the development of early childhood education.
Maria Montessori was born August 31st, 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy. Educated in Rome, Maria became one of Italy’s first ever female physicians and graduated from the University of Rome’s medical program, focussing on psychiatry. However during this time she also developed a keen interest in pedagogy, education and educational theory which would help her create an innovative way of teaching young children and would also spur her to open up the first ever Montessori school called the Casa dei Bambini or Children’s House. Maria is famous for having developed a school of thought and method of teaching, named after her, whose main tenets centre around a young child’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn.
This style of teaching in early childhood would become known as the Montessori method and is a style of teaching that focusses on auto-education or a child’s innate intrigue in self-taught learning. Within the Montessori method, children are given the space and resources to learn at their own pace and in ways which are natural and less structured. With the ability to have up to three grade levels within a single classroom, Maria Montessori incorporated this aspect of integration into the Montessori method, after making the observation that children can learn from each other and can be taught by each other just as easily as adults teach children.
Facts about the Montessori Method:
- Class sizes are often large
- Classes are often calm and quiet
- Classes often include mixed age groups of up to 3 grade levels
- Montessori educators usually hold a college degree and Montessori training
- Classes focus on a child’s natural learning process and innate curiosity to educate itself.
To this day Montessori schools and early childhood education centres and facilities are very popular for their childcentered approach to learning.
Did you know?
- The Montessori method has been in use for over a hundred years.
- Maria Montessori opened the first Montessori school called the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House—in Rome on January 6, 1907.
- There are over 22,000 Montessori schools across 110 countries around the world.
- Montessori is one of the fastest growing forms of education in the world.
The effect Maria Montessori has had on and continues to have on ECE programs and schools throughout Canada and across the globe is unprecedented and growing in popularity. And although Montessori died in May 6th, 1952 she left behind a legacy so great in the field and study of ECE that the Montessori name has not only become a household name in the field of ECE, but a symbol by which many people associate good quality early childhood education.
The online ECE workshop called “It’s not about easy–it’s about following the child” has been developed by 45 Conversations to support early childhood educators in easily obtaining their professional development hours. This workshop incorporates a lot of early learning practices based on the Montessori method. You can join this workshop now and begin learning about Maria Montessori right away. Register today!
I was doing some research this afternoon related to the Online ECE Workshops that 45 Conversations recently opened registration for when I came across this great initiative — Buddy Benches — at Hammond Elementary School.
Kids can sit on a Buddy Bench when they are feeling lonely or need a friend to play with or just need a quiet place to be mindful. Sitting on the bench can be a signal for other kids to come and ask them if they want to play. It is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground as well as to spread the message of inclusion and kindness.
This is such a wonderful idea because it helps children develop empathy, kindness and compassion from the earliest of ages. And the truth is that we need a lot more of all of that in the world.
So Where are the Future Builders?
Look in Montessori schools and classrooms. Seriously. You will find many builders of the future there. Very likely the kids won’t be coding or doing much work on technology…yet. They will however be solving challenging problems on floor mats, negotiating at peace tables and following their curiosity in ways that only they can truly understand. They will be self directed and doing work for the pure love of exploring learning. They will also be creating solutions to feed the hungry, help the environment and do good both locally and globally. Yup…the future is already being built…one Montessori kid at a time.
For close to ten years my three children attended Montessori School. They each began when the were in their early preschool years and all remained in Montessori until various grades in their elementary years.
People often wonder what Montessori is and about the benefits it offers as an educational option. Below is a list of videos and resources that should be helpful in learning more about the Montessori method.
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By LINA TOYODA
Finding a school for a child’s early years education is something many parents try to do with great thought and care.
Even with the best intentions, finding quality childcare and the right education program for a young child can be a challenge.
Sheila Davidson, executive director of Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), says there is a need in the province for an overarching organization that parents can go to in order to find the information they need.
“The situation today is a nightmare for families to find the right kind and appropriate early childhood education for their child. Because of a lack of political responsiveness, vision, planning and resources, we have such a patchwork of services,” she said.
Davidson says a quality program looks at their group of children and then develops the curriculum and planning based on what level of development the children are at.
Prasannata Runkel, principal at Vancouver Montessori School says the best thing for parents to do is to look at the school themselves, meet the teachers and see the environment.
“Parents know their children best so they’ll know what’s right for their child,” Runkel says.
Montessori schools can be found around the globe and is rooted in the work of its namesake Maria Montessori, a physician and educator from Italy who developed her teaching method in the early 1900s.
The Montessori classroom is a child-based “prepared environment” with specific materials for hands-on learning.
With a strong emphasis on the five senses, learning often takes the form of perceiving concepts through multiple sensory channels like sight, sound and touch.
The materials are often designed to build upon previous learning so new concepts can unfold in later years, using the same objects.
Joanna Olsen, a mother of two Montessori-schooled children, aged nine and seven, in Hamilton, Ont., says the program focuses on the child’s development, not curriculum.
“It’s an open concept with child-directed learning,” Olsen said. “Sounds like it would be chaos to most people. However, it is amazing to see the children working together. There are no desks. Instead, there are tables and roll-up mats for the floor, depending on age. And there is no homework or tests.”
Montessori also has multi-aged classrooms. Preschool consists of three-, four-, and five-year olds, and the elementary school classrooms are divided into two age groups: six to nine, and nine to 12.