Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was one of the most outstanding and visionary woman of the 20th century. She was born in Chiaravalle, Ancona, Italy, on the 31st of August, 1870. Mathematics, engineering and Biology were her great passions when she was young. Finally, in 1896, she became the first woman in Italy to earn the degree of Doctor of Medicine. She worked with mentally retarded children and she could improve their lives, teaching them how to keep their personal hygiene and spending more time playing outdoors. Due to her observations, she thought that her knowledge was not enough to ameliorate their situation and for this she decided to study Antropology and Philosophy at the University. Dr Montessori designed a method with a special material to read, write and learn mathematics, and with these materials she taught those deprived children so they passed the examinations successfully at a public school, that were very difficult then.
Since then, she worked passionately with children, opening her first “Casa dei Bambini” “Children´s house” in San Lorenzo, in 1906. Montessori´s work was well-known in her time, she worked closely with Jean Itard and Edouard Séguin, she corresponded with Freud, she was received at the White House and Margaret Wilson, daughter of the President of United States, was named Secretary of the Montessori School, sponsored by Graham Bell.
Dr. Montessori gave lectures and travelled around the World in countries such as United States, Spain, France, India, England and Holland, where she was honored having a Public Montessori education free from nursery to primary. She was a founder member of UNESCO and she was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize on several occasions during the late 1940s.
Dr. Montessori was a pioneer in the Education field, her scientist observation were crucial to unravel the children´s learning process, their motivations and development.
Montessori called “Absorbent Mind” to the period from zero to six, in which children learn through experiences, movement and through their senses. She also found out that children experience “Sensitive Periods” in which they feel an inner urge to learn a determined skill. For all of this, it is of utmost importance that they will be guided by an expert hand and develop in a favorable environment suited to their needs in this formative period.
In Beautiful Minds, we believed that Montessori philosophy is the most sensitive and balanced to meet the individual needs of each child. Every child is supported in their individual interests and needs taking into account their age, their way and pace of learning and their culture, so that they can reach their full potential.
We believe that children´s learning has to be active in order to be able to make connections with the real world and in this way we help them to fix their knowledge in their minds and activate their creative process by making new connections themselves.
For this reason, in Beautiful Minds, there is freedom of movement and choice, we work on each child´s sense in an individualized way, making the best use of the development opportunities that this period in his life offers them, and that will not happen again. Montessori advocated freedom of movement to discover and learn so she designed an environment in which children would work in harmony. The environment is rich in materials and learning opportunities, fosters independency in children in their activities, such as dressing, cooking, caring for pets and plants, the vegetable garden outside, choosing the work they will do and how long they want to work on the subject. If a child is deeply focused on working on sums, he can work as long as he wants, because when a child has an interest in a subject he absorbs it quickly and easily. The vast majority of materials have control of error, which promotes the child´s self-esteem.
In Beautiful Minds, we work on positive discipline, we encourage children to solve problems and to be independent. We understand that each child is unique, in this way we ensure their interest in their own learning of which is the protagonist.
montessori in the world
Montessori In The World.
There are more than 20,000 schools in the world. From 0 to 18 years, being more abundant school of nursery and primary education.
Numerous personalities with great talents and creativity studied in Montessori schools, such as:
Josua Bell – Violinist.
Jeff Bezos – Amazon founder.
Julia Child – Chef and television personality.
George Clooney – Actor, director, productor, United Nations Messenger of Peace.
John Cusack – Actor and screen writer.
Erik Erikson – (1902-1994) - Psicologist and writer.
Dakota Fanning – Actress.
Ana Frank – (1929-1945) Writer.
Beyonce Knowles – Singer and song writer.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – (1927-2014) Writer, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Queen Noor of Jordan – Queen, UN advisor and humanitarian activist.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Former Frist Lady of the USA and publisher.
Sergey Brin – Co- Founder of Google.
Larry Page – Co- Founder of Google.
Taylor Swift – Singer and songwriter, awarded by a Grammy Award.
Woodrow Wilson – President of the EEUU.
Will Wright – Pioneer in video games, creator of the Sim.
Prince William – Duke of Cambridge – Member of the British Royal family.
Prince Harry – Duke of Sussex – Member of the British Royal family.
Steve Wozniak – Co- founder of Apple (https://youtu.be/nPlDoW0d4a4)
YA YO MA – Celist, awarded by 15 Grammy Awards.
Jimmy Wales – Founder of Wikipedia.
Dr. Montessori calls Cosmic Education the path through which children develop a global vision.
She believed that there were two things necessary for raising peaceful human beings: an awareness of interdependence and the sense of gratitude that comes from that awareness. Children understand the world as a whole, rather than teaching the curriculum as separate parts, disconnected. Dra Montessori advocated that the cosmic idea has been the natural plan wherever there was education in the real sense of the word. This will happen, when the child understands the creation of the world and man´s place in it. The preparation of Cosmic Education must first begin from ages 0-6 with the sensorial foundations during the first plane of development.
Cosmic Education enables the child to find his place in the universe, by studying the contributions of those before him. Plants and animals were also given a cosmic task. It is through Cosmic Education that the child learns their own path through life, how the universe was prepared for him and which place he has in it.
As Montessori practitioners, our task is to give areas where interest of the child may be discovered, rather than setting up a program for the child to follow.