The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'
Practical life Exercises are just that, they are Exercises so the child can learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way. The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society.
The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”. ... Because the Exercises cover such a wide range of senses, Montessori categorized the Exercises into eight different groups: Visual, Tactile, Baric, Thermic, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory, and Stereognostic.
Introduction to Language. Language is a system of symbols with an agreed upon meaning that is used by a group of people. Language is a means of communication ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sounds and signs, thus, being the spoken and written language.
Learning mathematical concepts in aMontessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. They are developed from simple to complex. Process is taught first and facts come later. Order, coordination, concentration, and independence are experienced by the child using these materials.
Montessori cultural activities typically include geography, history, general science, botany and zoology, music,and art. By following Montessoriprinciples, you can add activities to a low shelf or shelves grouped together in the appropriate curriculum area
We know the relationship between movement and the brain. In her book The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori wrote: “Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”