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Maria Montessori : The Origin Of Our Method

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I. Writing a précis

“The origin of our method”

In this chapter Maria Montessori inform us that the first school for small children was opened January 6, 1907 and at that time there was no special system of instruction. The students were around 50 poor children and the classroom a room in the apartment house

Maria Montessori had already worked with children of subnormal intelligence and had used objects that children gave all of their attention and at the end they appeared rested and happy as mentioned.

The decision to work with those deglected children came with the thought that all the children belong to the kingdom of God and must be helped.

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Barbara Isaacs in her article “Montessori and sensitive period” emphasizes on the sensitive periods for movement, language and small details and she gives us very good ideas of what we can do so we can provide a happy and an in depended child. For example at the age of two and a half the child can help to the washing. He can short his clothes from the rest of the washing and after a few months the white from the colours.

And as Maria Montessori said “man achieves his independence by making efforts” (Montessori (1949) page 142). If the child can’t do something from the first time of effort he will do it the next time and he will be very proud of his self. Tim Seldin in his article reflects on the important of how an orderly environment will help to develop the child’s personality. He also makes suggestions about how we can adjust each room.

Moreover what we can do to promote our child to an independent person who feels confident and self-esteem by the early years of his life is for example to place a hanger in the hall near to the shoe shelf, where the child can hang his coat as well as his school bag. This gradually will give him the opportunity to learn to wear his own coat by...

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