Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Maria Montessori were both champions for peace and equality, and changed the world through their efforts. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the youngest to receive the honor. Dr. Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950, and 1951. Their great minds and work continue to inspire and motivate us today and generations to come.

About Peace

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“True peace … suggests the…


It is very common and normal for babies and toddlers to throw food, utensils, and almost anything that they are able to pick up and drop. They don’t purposely annoy parents, but are going through a necessary developmental stage for them to learn, experiment, observe cause and effect, and repeat. They will eventually outgrow this stage. And here are a few suggestions, so we can meet their developmental needs, while minimizing food throwing.

1. Observe your child to find the message behind throwing food. Consider their throwing is a way of communication. Are they not hungry, not interested in today’s…


Object permanence is the understanding that an object still exists even if it cannot be seen. It is considered one of an infant’s most important accomplishments by Jean Piaget, the psychologist best known for his work on child development.

Understanding object permanence is closely related to a child’s social and mental development. Without this concept, a child could easily become upset when their favorite toy is out of sight, or very anxious when parents drop them off at daycares.

Recent research studies show that object permanence emerges in infants as young as 3.5 months old [1]. To help the child…


Purpose

A child learns to enjoy a meal as parents do. The Montessori approach promotes independence, self-control, and table manner during mealtime.

Descriptions

The Montessori approach of introducing solid starts with lap feeding a baby. When they can sit alone on a chair, the baby is then transitioned to a “weaning table” — an infant-size table — to foster independence and mobility. The baby learns at their own pace how to feed themselves, and how to respond to hunger cues. A “weaning set” which includes real dinnerware offers the baby an opportunity to learn table manners from the very start. Storing the…


Benefits

For the child — Young children thrive on order. External order brings internal calm. Clutter impedes the brain’s development.

For you — Keep your house tidy and organized; no more cleaning up after the child!

Things to do

Begin with an orderly environment. Young children have an innate sense of order, and they get satisfaction by returning things to its original place. Use a low open shelf with trays and baskets of toys instead of dumping all the toys into a large storage box, so the child knows where each toy is, and the exact spot to put it back.

Low open shelf with toys in baskets or trays.

Limit the number…


The Montessori approach to sleeping shows respect to children, gives them freedom of movement, and offers them opportunities to learn self-soothing and self-regulation of sleep. The purpose is to promote independence, self-control, self-decision, and healthy sleeping habits.

Montessori Approaches to Sleep

Montessori sleep learning follows the same philosophy of the Montessori method of education, that is to “help me do it myself”. Have faith in your child that they will find their natural rhythms and form sleep regulation, and eventually be able to fall into sleep by themselves. …


How does individuality come about? Why is the child’s achievement of independence so important and how can a child be aided in achieving this goal?

Freedom and Discipline lead to the individuality of the child.

The first period of a child’s life of adaptation is important for building the individuality. …


“When the children had completed an absorbing bit of work, they appeared rested and deeply pleased. It almost seemed as if a road had opened up within their souls that led to all their latent powers, revealing the better part of themselves. They exhibited a great affability to everyone, put themselves out to help others and seemed full of good will.”

— Maria Montessori, MD

The early childhood curriculum is the most holistic and least differentiated at any level of education. It is also the most solidly grounded in philosophy, in clearly articulated methodology, and in theory and research. What…


“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori

Rapid Brain Development

A child’s brain has reached about 95% of the adult size by age 6 [1].
A child develops 50% of the mature intelligence by age 4, and 80% by age 8 [2].

Sensitive Periods

A young child has periods of intense fascination for developing various skills…


Montessori is a child-centered educational approach, developed by Maria Montessori (a physician and educator) based on scientific observations of children’s learning processes. Montessori has been used and proven around the world over a century, and supported by modern neuroscience and brain research.

The Montessori method is concerned foremost with reaching full human potential in all areas of development — cognitive, emotional, social, and physical. Montessori’s basic principle is to “follow the child”, recognizing every child develops at a different rate, and carefully preparing learning environment to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development. …

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