Ms. Wood describes how the 100 year Montessori educational method is still relevant today.Transcript:
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Maria Montessori invented the Montessori paradigm about 100 years ago. Childhood has changed a lot in 100 years. Who could have imaged computers and iPads, all that we would know about space, or all that we would know about the depths of the ocean,in 100 years. The environment around us has changed, but the nature of childhood has not. Children still love to explore, to discover, to touch, and to ask big questions. They love to be in relationship with people, to care for those smaller than them and to look up to those older than them. They still have to acquire language. They still have to learn how to use manual dexterity to do things hat are so tiny and yet so appealing to children, even 100 years later.
We might imagine that 100 years or 1000 years ago, these things were still appealing to young children. Asking what if, why, where does this come from, how does this work. Attaching to the tiniest things in their environment. And wondering big qutesions. 100 years from now, this probably will still be a compelling part of early childhood life. And this is why the way we approach learning, breaking things down into their simplest parts, first introducing the child to an experience, and hen later attaching language and exploring further with it will still be appealing to children at this very young, very fragile important developmental stage.
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