5 Essentials of Education Inspired by Maria Montessori

"5 Essentials of Education inspired by Maria Montessori"

A world that is seeking peace requires an educative system that empowers individuals with a sense of self-respect and respect to others. This caring way to grow our younger generation holds a power made of compassion. Here are 5 essentials of education inspired by Maria Montessori’s vision that can help you, parents, empower your parenting skills!

Freedom

Children who are given the liberty to choose, explore and discover freely are naturally happy. Their hearts open, embrace and respect their own freedom and the freedom of others. When given freedom, children learn with joy because learning is their passion just like growing is their purpose. Control tends to limit while guidance invites to expand. Montessori presents ways to control the environment around the child while freeing the potential within the child.

“Free the child’s potential and you will transform them into the world.” ~ Maria Montessori

Independence

Children crave for independence from the moment they are born! A child’s independence is one of the most essential keys to grow an individual with a driven mind and a happy heart. Let’s remember the precious image of those sparks of joy in their eyes when they take their very first steps. Overcoming the challenges of life, no matter how simple or complex is at the heart of a child’s growth. When children practice without external reward but with a true sense of self-accomplishment, they naturally build their self-esteem. Having trust in our children’s hidden potential and letting them independently experience for themselves, will for themselves and think for themselves early on, is one of the best gifts we can give them!

“No one can be free unless they are independent.” ~ Maria Montessori

Respect

In a well prepared Montessori environment children are entrusted to explore. They are continually set up for success through challenges so that they may discover their own hidden potentialities. As a result, their self-confidence grows through the respect of the adults around them and blossoms through the development of their social skills with others.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future” ~ Maria Montessori

Experience

Experience provides independence and confidence. Allowing children to experience through hands-on activities is an interactive way of learning.  We call these experiences intelligent work, the work of self-perfection. Children develop inner strength, perseverance and respect for themselves and discover the joy of simply being who they are in the present moment!

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” ~ Maria Montessori

The Intelligence of Love

Children come into our lives to remind us about a forgotten truth: unconditional love is a power, the creative power of life.

“Is it not a characteristic of love, that sensibility that enables a child to see what others do not see? That collects details that others do not perceive, and appreciates special qualities, which are, as it were, hidden, and which only love can discover? It is because the child’s intelligence assimilates by loving, and not just indifferently, that he can see the invisible. This active, ardent, meticulous, constant absorption in love is characteristic of children.” ~ Maria Montessori

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Silvia Smith
She is a passionate advocate of Montessori Education and the founder of Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway.

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