Although some people tend to oversimplify or believe they have a pretty firm grasp on Dr. Montessori’s life’s work, experienced Montessorians know that the philosophy and approach are exceptionally complex. According to one Montessorian, the trained Montessori guide must employ and depend “upon many principles, procedures, and concepts of human development that are intertwined so closely that it can be very difficult to separate them into individual discrete strands,” (Michael Dorer, “10 Essential Montessori Principles”).
In prior Parent Education Meetings we have discussed:
The Role of Independence (October 2018)
The Role of Respect (November 2018)
On Tuesday, we will be discussing the Role of the Planes of Development.
Dr. Maria Montessori based her entire educational philosophy on the idea that children develop through a series of four planes. Each of these planes is easy to recognize and has clear, defining characteristics. If we study and understand these stages, we can approach our interactions with children with a new perspective. Based on her observations and work with children, Dr. Montessori not only defined four planes of development but observed that each plane was characterized by sensitive periods for learning. During these sensitive periods, students were able to learn a concept more readily. Accordingly, the Montessori curriculum includes a child/adolescent’s plane of development and sensitive periods in order to maximize growth, learning, and the child’s interest. Learning about the planes of development isn’t just for Montessori educators. Understanding the child’s development can help you at home, too.
Your child’s guide will follow the same format as the previous meetings:
6:30 p.m. Sign In and Welcome to the Circle
6:32-6:50 p.m. Presentation of Essential Characteristic of Montessori Philosophy
6:50-7:00 p.m. Discussion; Questions and Answers Regarding Characteristic
7:00-7:10 p.m. Demonstration of a Lesson
7:10-7:20 p.m. Discussion; Questions and Answers Regarding the Lesson/Material
7:20-7:25 p.m. End of Meeting
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.