Mathematics is the basis of all practical things and the imagination. A child needs to understand mathematics in order to adapt and orient himself to his own time and place. Dr. Montessori borrowed the term ‘Mathematical Mind’ from Pascal, the French Philosopher and Mathematician. Pascal said that a man’s mind is mathematical by nature. He believed that knowledge and progress come from accurate observation.
In the Children's House, the preparation for reading is writing. We start by preparing the child's hand through many fine and gross motor skills. Some of these exercises would include, but are not limited, to the knob cylinders, tracing of the geometric shapes, dressing frames, and rough and smooth boards.
The purpose of the Exercises of Language is to give help to the child in organizing and building his personality; the totality of one’s potentialities, both physical and mental. Physical Potentialities are a system of relationships involving the brain, sense organs and muscles. They are powerful because they are closely related to mental abilities, especially the will.
Culture is a nature as adapted by mankind. It is embedded in who we are, what we do, what we say, and how we live. In the Montessori Children's House, culture is deeply rooted in the core areas, such as Geography, Practical Life, Art and Music.
With conferences in full swing, our Children's House Guides decided to unveil a deeper look into Montessori theory. Appreciating Montessori Pedagogy/Theory can be helpful in understanding the daily life of your child in our CH community. Below we have outlined the Sub-Plane of development, Mixed Age Groups and the Three Step Work Cycle .
Imagine back to when you were an infant. Hard to remember your thoughts, likes, dislikes? Of course it is. An infant cannot speak, walk, or move their bodies intentionally therefore, a child's main source of information gathering is through his sense of taste (gustatory), touch (tactile), smell (olfactory), sight (visual), and hearing (auditory).
Montessorians tend to radiate a sort of belief and respect for education that cannot be overlooked. We stand by our theory because we witness it unfold and manifest in the child in new and exciting ways each day. It's simply what keeps our Montessori juices flowing.
The Practical Life Exercises are the ordinary everyday activities which people do in order to maintain themselves and the environment. In the Children’s House, we focus on the house, garden and simple social acts. The purposes of the Practical Life Exercises coincide with the child’s specific social needs adhering to their time and place in the world. These are the most important activities in a Children’s House because they are the foundation.