On May 6, 1952 Dr. Maria Montessori passed away Noordwijk san Zee, the Netherlands. Her gravestone reads:
"lo pre go i cari bambini, che possono tutto, di unirsi a me per la costruzione della pace degli uomini e nel mondo" : "I beg the dear all-powerful children to unite with me for the building of peace in mankind and in the world."
The Montessori movement essentially embarked in 1910 when she began training teachers. In 1929 Association Montessori Internationale was formed by Dr. Montessori to disseminate and maintain her educational achievements and protect her legacy. She dedicated her life to understanding the science behind the child in order to foster the full development of the human being.
We too have to uncover the hidden nature of the child so the world can see what is there. Dr. Montessori was once asked to sum up her approach to education. She said, "attendee, osservando - watch and wait." She used observation as the key criteria to understand the forces that direct human development from within. Her observations of children were a search to understand the phenomenon of the unfolding of human life. She trusted that science would progress and comprehensively validate her work - which it continuously does! Montessori believed that her method, in order to succeed, needed to unfold through the hands of the children.
For 105 years, Montessori children have been championing their rights and reaching their potential. Through this educational method; teachers, educators and parents begin to realize that by removing the obstacles that hinder natural development and allowing the child to concentrate is when the child is free to create himself.
Observation on the adults behalf and respect for the child's intuitive necessity to observe is pivotal. Observation is the key to refining our own thinking and understanding. Let us celebrate Dr. Montessori's life by carrying out this vision.
"The pedagogical method of observation has for its base the liberty of the child; and liberty is activity." -Dr. Maria Montessori
April 27-May 8:
May, already? Are we the only ones who feel like the year is zooming?
Several children seem to be exploding into writing. They have been diligently practicing their cursive writing. For many of them, this was their first year being exposed to reading and writing in cursive. We have also been listening to Mozart! The children love hearing "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute". Additionally, we have been discussing three famous oil paintings: Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy, Georges Surat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Sir Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie.
We loved celebrating Hunter's 5th birthday last week and happily met his adorable new fur baby!
We wish a beautiful and happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing and supportive Moms! You will forever be your child's best friend. We feel blessed to hold your trust and friendship.
Our Ice Cream Social was a success! We appreciate your attendance, help, positivity and memorable conversations!
Last but certainly not least, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the surprise Edible Arrangement, thoughtful and encouraging sentiments and for your generosity for Teacher Appreciation Week. We were absolutely BLOWN AWAY to tears and feel so loved. No words can do justice for how thankful we are to be part of this spectacular community of families!!! Creo feels like home to both of us and it is the greatest honor to work with your children each day. Each and every one of them is beautiful and unique. Again - THANK YOU so very much!!!
Miss Lauren and Miss Yadira