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"The Montessori method and Worldschooling as a traveler lifestyle"


Maria Montessori (1870-1952), originally from Italy, spent her life as a doctor and teacher, aspects of her life that helped her to dedicate herself to the creation and construction of this philosophy based on early childhood education and her pedagogy in her work Montessori Method of Education which is still valid today.

But, what is the Montessori method?

The author Coe, Elisabeth Johnston explains the Montessori method in her article Montessori Education and Its Relevance to Educational Reform: “The basis of Montessori education is a student-centered learning environment--one that includes provision for an inquisitive, cooperative, safe, and nurturing atmosphere for learning. Students' psychosocial needs must be addressed before their cognitive needs so that students will enjoy learning and become life-long learners”. (Oct 1991)

The Montessori Method covers the diverse needs and learning abilities of children and seeks to favor their enrichment and natural development, encouraging the innate factors of human functioning such as curiosity, self-direction, exploration, discovery, practice, teamwork, the game, concentration, creativity, imagination and communication as a method of learning. That is, seeks to create an alternative parallel to traditional education methods.

The spontaneity and the analytical capacity of children are valued when choosing what they want to learn, beyond a rigid curriculum. Montessori believes that the independence of children is the key factor for them to have a satisfactory educational growth, which makes this method of childhood education a feasible theoretical model on human development.

Fundamental educational principles

Although the Montessori method has been adapted and improved over time, these are some of the principles of pedagogical education that the author proposes and we love:

1. The educational environment must be prepared

The child's workspace should be oriented to promote their learning. Didactic materials, a spacious, clean and tidy place with objects according to the student's age. This includes spaces with nature such as plants or even pets, with objects that promote creativity and decoration that is aesthetically pleasing. If you follow our philosophy of Worldschooling, the world will be the canvas of your children!

2. Allow children to discover

The constructivist nature of Montessori education explains that people learn faster and better if they live the experience directly. The practice and the discovery itself generates a state of concentration and long-term memory that facilitates teaching and remembering. Or more simply: a child would retain more of the experience of visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris than studying it in books.

3. Classes without interruptions + Worldschooling: learning any time of the year

A characteristic feature Maria Montessori speaks of is to provide at least 3-hour uninterrupted classes in order to create a state of ideal concentration that improves memory. Children get bored less than with traditional classes because they are the ones who direct their teaching. And, as we said, the advantage of joining this method with Worldschooling is that there are no limits on schedules, classrooms or dates, it is a philosophy that you can carry in your suitcase.

In short, humans since birth we seek to self-build in the psychological aspect through interaction with what surrounds us, including the environment, people, animals, etc., giving rise to our development is innate, natural, our own existence. Therefore, why lock up children in rigid programs when we can take advantage of the corners of the world and discover them with them? The best thing about the Montessori method along Worldschooling philosophy is that it can be transported to any country in the world.

Come and join our community of Co-living, Co-working, and worldschooling together with our Montessori qualified teachers!

Fabiola

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