Browsing here today to see what nuggets I can find. As I look for the right curriculum, I still hope to devise a program that blends the Montessori philosophy and materials over a period of time. At 12, and having spent most of his time in a self contained classroom, he has had little of anything that peaked his interest in a way that lights him up to learn. He deserves to learn about the world around him, what came before him, and where does he see himself and mostly how will he become an independent learner, and be able to create and follow his own vision. Having been a Montessori child from 3-7 he still holds this close to him as the way to learn. Independence is dear to him as all of us. But as I try to take the materials from year 6-12 and condense them into a pathway for our next years and meet him where he is I find myself challenged. How can I do it? Can I do it? Is it fair to him if I try? I want to guide him to materials that are as big and advanced as he can enjoy, and build wonder and excitement about. I hope to nurture his ability to research on his own those things that interest him. Provide tools that he can seek knowledge with successfully, whether it is thru computer technology, or just visiting the library and asking for resources that suit him.
The goal is independence, a sense of wonder and appreciation for all that is around him and a deep recognition of his unique greatness that is a part of something bigger where he finds himself of service to the earth, himself and others.
|“We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.” Maria Montessor|
“[In her 1946 book,] Education in a New World, … education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” Maria Montessori
|We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s “spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.” Maria Montessori|