Happy 145th Birthday, Dr. Maria Montessori

Happy 145th Birthday, Dr. Maria Montessori!

Today, we celebrated our dear Maria Montessori’s birthday by having a special Celebration of Life in her honor. We heard stories about the things she had done in her life, and saw pictures of her childhood. This is a very special day for our community, as we honor the woman who brought light to the Montessori pedagogy, and established the principals that our very school is based upon.

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“Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870.” – Ms. Patti shows us a special book with pictures and descriptions of Maria Montessori’s life.

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We walked the earth around the sun symbolizing the years of her life that had gone by, just as the earth goes around the sun in a year-long rotation. We talked about the many important things Maria had done in her life, including her family history, her schooling and education, and the educational programs that she developed due to years of observation and scientific study.Maria COL_4

Happiest of birthdays, to the woman who made all of this possible!

Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be a victim of events, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society.

– Maria Montessori, Education for a New World

Click HERE to read about the life and work of Dr. Maria Montessori
(article credit, michaelolaf.net)

Nido: The Most Important Time in Your Child’s Life

“We should not look at newborn infants as small, helpless human beings, but as persons who are small in size, but with an immense mental capacity, and many physical abilities that cannot be witnessed unless the environment assists in the expression of life.”
– Dr. Silvana Montanaro

The Infant Community at Healthy Beginnings Montessori House is affectionately referred to as the Raspberry Room. Like all of HBMH’s classrooms, our Nido environment is rooted in the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. In fact, the word Nido comes from the Italian word “nest” and is meant to convey the warmth and security of a home.

Through the environment’s simplicity and order, the room is safe, secure, stimulating, and most importantly full of . The preparedness of the teachers allow students to learn at their own pace, using their senses to explore and discover the world.

IMAGINE…

Age appropriate materials and aids that induce concentration, movement, language, and cognitive development
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“Open” classroom, absent of inhibiting items such as playpens, “bouncing” seats, activity saucers, swings and walkers"Open" classroom, absent of inhibiting items such as playpens, "bouncing" seats, activity saucers, swings and walkers

Floor Beds, which permit movement such as slithering from day one; crucial to their development

Floor Beds, which permit movement such as slithering from day one; crucial to their development

Gently touched and spoken to softly, as a whole individual, in an environment with low baby-to-teacher ratio

I'm given the love and attention that I need all throughout my day, in a prepared, nurturing environment, suitable to all of my needs.

Calmness is nurtured by following your babies natural rhythm of development

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Calmness is nurtured by following your babies natural rhythm of development

Trust is cultivated by understanding how your baby communicates information
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We invite those with little ones between the ages of 6 weeks – 18 months to stop by for a tour, and witness the beauty of our Montessori Nido!
P: 972-881-8200
E: carli@healthybeginningsmontessori.com

Teacher Resource: “Caring for the Dream” by Seth D. Webb

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So many times, we misinterpret the philosophy, manipulating it to be what’s most convenient for our school community. We might even change the way the pedagogy is practiced to better correlate with current policies, compromising the very integrity of our precious philosophy. Rarely do schools come together for a common goal, to help maintain the very components that make the philosophy so strong; our families, the way we practice the pedagogy, and our policies with which we implement. We cannot move forward unless we do so by using a whole-school approach, including all aspects that help keep our Montessori community strong.

I came across a new blog post from MAA, reiterating the importance of working collaboratively with the four P’s: practice, pedagogy, people, and policies. You’ll notice the words “community”, “collective”, and “family” are mentioned several times.

A few of my favorite passages taken from the article…
“As local leaders in education we must be able to articulate and stand by the people, pedagogy, practices and policies of the schools we create. We need to be able to speak to each like they are parts of our family, parts of our bodies – each piece necessarily influencing and informing the whole. These are the interwoven fundamentals that, when realized authentically and kept healthy, speak to the very essence of our schools’ existence…Once articulated, our conception of the people, pedagogy, practices and polices of our schools informs every aspect of our work – from the classroom to the boardroom. If any of these four fundamentals becomes fragmented or diluted we must stop, reassess and reconsider the way ahead. We cannot continue to move forward until we can do so with authenticity and truth. Belief is a powerful thing, but only as powerful as the quality of its manifestation.”

To see the blog in full, click on the link below:
http://montessoriadmins.org/2014/12/caring-for-the-dream

Article: Maria Montessori Time Line

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“If we decided that the purpose of education should be to help every child’s brain reach its highest developmental potential, we would have to radically rethink school. The task seems insurmountable, yet this work has already been done. In fact, it was done over a hundred years ago. When examined through the lens of environmental enrichment and brain development, Montessori education presents a radically different-and radically effective-educational approach that may be the best method we’ve got to ensure the optimal cognitive, social, and emotional development of every child.” – Steve Hughes, PhD, LP, ABPdN, Director of the Center for Research on Developmental Education, Board-Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Click on the link below for an in-depth view into the timeline of Dr. Maria Montessori’s life and work:
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