Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Sensitive Periods a term developed by the Dutch geneticist Hugo de vries and later discovered by the Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori. The term refers to several phases of child development where a child is sensitive to particular type of interaction.
Montessorians united is sharing this wonderful discovery about first plane of Montessori philosophy in its own way.
Monday, May 16, 2016
How Montessori materials and Intellectual toys enriches children as compared to gaming gadgets?
This process leads to Innovation
Once upon a time children used to play with toys provided by Nature – flowers, stones, shells, and branches. In those days, children made inventions because they were free to experiment. Mankind’s evolution provided children with different materials for toys -- wood, metal, and plastic. But, today, our toddlers, preschoolers, preteens and teens are so fond of gaming gadgets that the offerings of Nature have taken a backseat. Undoubtedly, technology is the backbone of today's world and it helps children in aspects like observation and exploration, experiencing virtual reality, and learning new skills.
But this has reached such a stage where children are not even demanding any intellectual toys or material from their parents. They find unbelievable thrill and adventure in gadgets. But a rising concern among parents and educators is that these gadgets provide competencies like: observations, speed, physical challenges and skills with the help of technology but no training for innovation, patience, real life skills, and sensory development. Parents are observing behavioural changes in their children with increased screen time, like frequent mood swings, sleep disorders, irritability, and short low attention spans. Children seem more inclined towards rewards rather than achievement and appreciation through other methods.
On the other hand, Montessori materials provide children with patience and skills in early childhood and elementary years. Montessori material was invented with a lot of research in science and child psychology. Prestigious toy companies are producing wonderful material for today’s generations. Parents should encourage their children to use all kinds of technology. Gaming gadgets are important to learn about new technology. But at the same time we need physical toys to feed a child’s mind.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Let the child think
Children are our future and their imagination knows no boundaries. This exploring mind is what parents and teachers should cultivate, and aid children to think independently. A simple thought is all that is required to groom new ideas that could lead to innovation.
So what does Montessori have to do with this? The Montessori system provides wings to your child’s thoughts in a constructive manner. The most important requirement for new thinking that a child needs is independence and patience from the adults in his or her life.
The Montessori philosophy encourages unconditional thinking, and provides an environment of opportunities and freedom where your children can experiment and think.