For five weeks this fall I have had the pleasure to carry out Montessori work and to visit old friends, and make new ones, in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. I hope you enjoying “traveling” with me to Lima, Peru.
The tropical fruit always available is something I always look forward to but the main reason for this trip was that finally one of my books has been translated into Spanish.
Presenting Montessori to the Government The presentation was based on the book The Universal Child, Guided by Nature. The title in Spanish is El Nino Universal. Both books can be found on Amazon in many countries Continue reading →
Children from Birth to Three have an “absorbent mind”. They take in everything that is going on around them.
A child in his earliest years is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile.
— The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori
The role of the AMI Montessori Assistant to Infancy, guide or teacher for children from birth to three years, has always been first and foremost to support the parents, the child’s first teacher, at home. Much of this blog post is about that, using music as an example. Continue reading →
In the 1970’s I was a teacher at Colegio San Silvestre in Lima, Peru. In August, 2016 I was thrilled to be able to return. Finally I was able to visit Cusco, visit a beautiful Montessori school and talk to teachers there, visit Machu Picchu, and give a Montessori presentation to about 30 or 40 people in a lovely hotel in Lima.
Three months later I was invited back to give presentations on AMI Montessori at three universities, with Susana Chavez, AMI teacher from Lima as my translator. On the first day we spoke at Universidad Femenina Sagrado Corazon for 250 people with a wonderful response. In the afternoon the talk was given at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. 80 invitations had been sent out and 1000+ people showed up! As in much of the world, professors, teachers, and university students want to know the difference between “authentic” Montessori and the kinds of Montessori practices that are not aligned with Dr. Montessori’s plans, or her books.
They stood in line around the block in the hot sun for two hours before the talk—we needed two additional rooms and video conferencing to accommodate the overflow—and since there was not room for the 150 people still waiting outside, I repeated the talk (how could I say “No”). Also some of the attendees from the first talk who asked if they could stay and hear the presentation a second time. I think Peru is ready for AMI Montessori! My final talk was given the next day at the famous Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, founded in 1551. Continue reading →
FIRST AMI MONTESSORI PRESENTATION—LIMA, PERU On August 2, 2016, I presented a Montessori PowerPoint in a beautiful hotel in Lima, Peru. But before telling you about that I want to share a video clip of two Montessori students who gave all of us a charming demonstration of the Marinara dance, which I was so lucky to have studied when I lived in Lima many years ago. Still today children all over the country learn this dance as part of their studies.
After this beautiful and obviously very skilled presentation we were all eager to delve deeply into the potential of the child.
The title of the talk was “Montessori, Education for the Future”
It is based on the book The Universal Child, Guided by Nature, that has now been translated into Spanish as is available on Amazon El Nino Universal