Elementary

The Passage to the Elementary

In chapter 2 titled “Metamorphoses” of her book Childhood to Adolescence, Dr. Montessori explores the elementary child’s “turning towards intellectual and moral” development: “The passage to the second level of education is the passage from the sensorial, material level to the abstract. The need for abstraction and intellectual activity makes itself felt around the seventh year. …

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Lower Elementary Aids to the Practice of Written Language

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS As the newborn fixes upon the sounds of human speech, and exercises the physical mechanisms needed to articulate these sounds, the mind stores impressions of meaning. The simultaneous blending of speech patterns and meaning brings about the spoken word in the young child. The child then moves, in Montessori schools, to associating the …

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The Course of Study and Work for the Montessori Elementary

“Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” For these reasons Dr. Montessori encouraged educators to break the conventional mold and support the child’s desire to learn through activity. She called for places that were scientifically planned …

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