An amusing yet powerful introduction to Montessori for parents by Trevor Eissler.
At the 25th International Montessori Congress in Sydney 2005, Lynne Lawrence wrote papers called “A Change Within: Removing Obstacles to Development”.
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind. If we therefore mind this embryo as our most precious treasure, we will be working for the greatness of humanity”1
Over 50 years after this statement was first published and almost 100 years after the first Casa dei Bambini was established the full impact of these words have still to be realised amongst ourselves and amongst the many agencies who work on behalf of the child.
© Lynne Lawrence, 2005
At the 25th International Montessori Congress in Sydney 2005 Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D. wrote papers called “The Foundation of the Human Being”.
Certainly it is not difficult, before this audience, to present the idea that prenatal time and first years after birth are the foundation of the human being. We easily agree that this period is the base on which all the subsequent, never-ending process of humanization/self-perfection will be supported. Montessori explains clearly the importance of the first years at the very beginning of her last book, The Absorbent Mind (but she gave the Italian edition the better title, The Child’s Mind, i.e. La Mente del Bambino):
The greatness of human personality begins at the hour of birth … During this early period education must be understood as a help to the unfolding of the child’s inborn psychic powers. The child’s true constructive energy, a dynamic power, has remained unnoticed for thousands of years … the men of our day make progress after progress in civilized life without noticing the treasure that lie hidden in the psychic world of infancy …
© Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D., 2005
At the 25th International Montessori Congress in Sydney 2005 Baiba Krumins Grazzini wrote papers called “Work: A Vital Instinct”.
© Baiba Krumins Grazzini, 2005
Please note that we accept children from 15 months onwards in our Edgware branch.
During the first six years of a child’s life their powers of absorption are at their highest and lifelong attitudes and patterns of learning are formed. In our Infant Toddler program, the child encounters practical life, manipulative, sensorial, maths, language, art, music and French.