Monday, March 14, 2011

Children Working At Play

Maria Montessori, a doctor and pioneer educator, believes that "children have a drive for positive interactions with their environment." She states that, "Play meets a basic human instinct for exploration. It is a basic instinct of human beings to master their environments in order to feel safe and secure."  This hits home for me as I help Jude explore every inch of his environment.  He needs to turn everything upside down and backwards to understand all of it's capabilities, and then some!  Who would have thought toy bins can turn into stepping stones, jump-off blocks, stacking toys and lounging chairs.  And I'm sure he's got a few more tricks up his sleeves!
Keeping it fun,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S. How hard do your kids/grandkids work at play?

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  1. We have three grandchildren, one aged four and identical twins aged two. It's great to see their imaginations in action, as they set about discovering the world around them. Our daughter and son-in-law have decided on the home education route for the girls, but some of the Montessori philosophy has definitely been taken on board.

  2. My oldest granddaughter went to a Montessori preschool, and it was the best possible choice for her. Children will have to do worksheets soon enough. Let them learn by playing! My grandchildren work very hard at it. They use their arms, legs, brains and imagination.

  3. My daughter attended Montessori and she intends to enroll her child when the time comes. Her experiences were so positive, she remembers them to this day. The public school system could learn a few things from this method of teaching and learning.

  4. My youngest attented Montessori for preschool. He never wanted to leave when I came to pick him up. Wish I knew about it for my older two. Great start for learning to grow!