The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three
When a human’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs are understood and provided for, especially in the formative first three years of life, a true global citizen may be revealed; a person with a healthy self-image who has learned to know and trust others, who enjoys silence and deep concentration because the resulting joy, and compassion for others, has been experienced first hand. We have then a person who has the capacity to access the deep inner resources with which we are all born, and to nourish the lives of all beings and the planet herself. Happy Earth Day!
This picture of the author with Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD, Assistant to Infancy founding trainer for The Association Montessori Internationale, was taken in the 90s. Continue reading →
It is not possible to learn everything from a book, but there are are several, based on Montessori experience at home and in the classroom that have been found to be very helpful to parents and teachers during these days. They are all written by a Montessori teachers trained at 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 levels, and with many years of experience with children and young adults from birth to 18 years of age. Continue reading →
In the beginning of March, I visited the oldest Montessori school in Mexico, Colegio Montessori de Chihuahua. The school meets the needs of children with infant communities, elementary classes, and the higher grades, including a middle school, or Erdkinder (earth children), where the focus is real work that gives the students a feeling of being valuable, and creative, responsible, original, and respected. Continue reading →
The picture above shows Colombia on the map of South America, and the view from the top of a hill in Bogota. I had been at the Bogota airport many times since 1978, but this was my first time seeing the city and it is a beautiful as one hears.
Journal Notes, several places in Colombia over the weeks
September 30. Arranged by FEMCO, the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) affiliate in Colombia, on the first day I gave two PowerPoint presentations based on the book “The Universal Child, Guided by Nature” which has been translated into Spanish (See links below). In the audience were the government heads of the early childhood departments from all of the areas of Colombia. There was much excitement as Montessori practices are new to the government of Colombia and it was clear that they are logical and kind and successful. Continue reading →