Friday, August 31, 2012

Dr. Maria Montessori ~ Happy Birthday

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

Dr. Maria Montessori was an education genius! Today is her birthday.  Celebrate with a montessori teacher!
A little about Dr. Montessori:

She believed that children should have an education that:
  •  prepared the most natural and life-supporting environments for a child
  • observes the child living freely in this environment
  • is continually adapting the environment in order that the child may fulfill his or her greatest potential physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • "follow the child"
 She lived a life of virtuous responsibility from 1870-1952.  She would have been 142 today!

Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants - doing nothing but living and walking about - came to know all things, to carry in their minds the whole of learning: would you not think I was romancing? Well, just this, which seems so fanciful as to be nothing but the invention of a fertile imagination, is a reality. It is the child's way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so passes little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love.

Stay safe, avoid the rain where ever you are. Keep your chin up looking to the stars! It's gonna be a good day.  Peace,

Miss Bee 

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