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!
The advancement of technology has generated tremendous positive changes in various aspects of our lives, such as the way we entertain ourselves (video games, streaming movies and even virtual and augmented reality) as well as the way we acquire information and services. It is interesting how we evolve together with technology, and we seek to adapt and make the most of its benefits.
Therefore, we must take into account that our way of working has also evolved to open new and exciting expectations and, above all, to give us great alternatives to freedom. From here, the term Digital Nomad is born.
But, what is to be a digital nomad?
The author Reichenberger, in her article Digital nomads - a quest for holistic freedom in work and leisure, defines them: "Digital nomads are portrayed as young professionals working only in an online environment while leading to independent and often reliable travel lifestyle where the boundaries between work, leisure and travel appear blurred." (2017, July 18).
Similar to freelancers, these digital nomads have the characteristic that they do not enclose themselves in a single place, but instead, they are citizens of the world. They can pack their business and transport it to any corner of the world that they like (provided there is wifi or internet access) while enjoying the wonders that travel offers.
It seems enthralling to combine this holistic lifestyle characterized by absolute freedom and work as two regarded as equally enjoyable. And, what about the family? Simple, if your lifestyle is adventurous, free and you have adopted the philosophy of digital nomads as your own, your children can enjoy it with you. Worldschooling goes hand in hand with digital nomads in a way that adults and children can grow professionally and educationally while enjoying the nature and culture of the country they visit any time of the year.
If you are interested in exploring the world in a family trip, do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to live this experience together.
We can’t agree more with following quote from María Montessori:
“There is no description, no image in any book capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them in a real forest”.
Children are natural learners and they will learn spontaneously when they have the chance to freely choose what to learn and when to learn. Traditional education tries very hard to offer children as many learning opportunities as possible but they fail in the most important thing: a natural and authentic environment. As traditional education becomes more and more obsessed by standardization and uniformity, it is becoming increasingly disconnected with the basics of what education should be: providing children limitless possibilities to learn real things at their own pace and by their own choice.
That’s the moment when “world schooling” steps in. We want to offer our children (and many other children) an authentic environment so they can discover the real world, solve real problems and interact with real people. Textbooks can be an additional tool to complete the experience but they should never be the only tool.
With Unsame we have opted for a mix between homeschooling and world schooling. At our semi-permanent home in Jávea, Alicante (Spain), we will offer a Montessori-education coordinated by a permanent coach. That same coach will join us during our several trips to other countries, such as Italy, New Zealand and South-Africa. We are able to guarantee a kind of stability to our children with homeschooling, adding a healthy amount of adventure and limitless discovery with world schooling.
What’s your opinion? Please let us know.
Thanks a lot.
Bart & Evelien
Like part of the title says… If you are able to work from anywhere in the world, then you are truly location-independent. We see a lot of concepts popping up offering retreats to get out of your daily life and work from a different place, joining like-minded people, but… we couldn’t find a single concept where the children can join the parents.
That’s surprising, right?
Admittedly, we struggled with this issue a lot as well. How can you travel the world, work from different places and still be together with your children so they too can enjoy these experiences? The single most important blocking point is… education. Yes, education. Not particularly education in itself, but the way it’s organized.
For one reason or another, society decided to put all our children together in the same place (society calls it school), carefully divided by age, assuming they will all learn the same subjects at the same pace... They have to be at school every day from Monday to Friday, take the weekend off, and start the same thing all over again the following week.
How can a child discover the world if it has to be at school all year starting from the age of 6 until the age of 18? If we look at education in this way, of course it’s impossible for the children to join their parents on a trip to another country for 30 days or more, several times a year.
We decided for ourselves that we won’t be playing that game.
With Unsame, we offer you the possibility to travel the world, keep on working on your projects, be with your children and offer them the best education you can imagine: life and the world itself.
A permanent coach will guide your children and provide them with plenty of learning opportunities. We strongly believe children are natural learners and you don’t have to force them to learn. Just provide them with the right environment and the right tools and they will learn themselves. Life should be fun, education should be fun too…
Think about it and join us.
Bart & Evelien
The typical 9 am - 5 pm workday. We all know it. Although technology has made us much more flexible, we still stick to the typical routine of 5 working days and the weekend off. At the beginning of the 20th century, the 40-hour workweek worked well, but do we really need it today?
We believe we don’t.
First of all, “work” and “leisure” should not be separated from each other. In the end, it’s all “living”. You should enjoy what you do for “work” so it doesn’t feel like “work” anymore. It sounds very clichéd but it’s true.
We tried to come up with a new and personal vision for ourselves and started from the following premises:
With these premises in mind, we decided to leave the 8-hour workday and 5-day workweek behind. We want to be active and creative (sounds better than “work”, isn´t it?) whenever we want and wherever we want. We want to be free.
We see ourselves as working on new projects when we are 80 or 90 and we believe that just that will keep us fit.
This mindset is exactly what’s behind the Unsame-concept. Enjoy your life, be together with like-minded people, join your children in their learning process and keep on being active and creative. Keep on “working” on your projects until your 90s. For us, that’s the perfect recipe.
What kind of vision would you design if you could start from scratch? Think about it. The world is yours… Life is yours.
Thanks for reading.
Bart & Evelien
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