The answer leads me to what I have experienced with my own children. Knowing the reasons behind the method brought guidance on how to help them grow, and as a parent, guidance on what to expect and how to enjoy every season in their lives. The challenges we had as a family in the early ages were just the inspiration to start a journey in the Montessori environment.
The method gave us the order and structure we needed, it is not just an educational method, it is a way of living that starts in your home, recognizing the importance of creating an environment that welcomes the child into a world he needs to explore in order to gain the independence he seeks to naturally develop through life.
If you know me you know I am not an educator, I never thought I was going to be a teacher. My studies and formation were on Architecture, but the more I read about Maria Montessori, the more I get inspired by her life and her passion to make a difference in society.
Maria Montessori was the first woman doctor to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School in 1896. She wasn’t an educator. Her parents tried to encourage her to become a teacher but her interests were on mathematics and engineering. It was later on that she put her scientific knowledge and career to the service of the ones she said could make a difference in our society: the child.
I was inspired by her determination to fulfill the calling inside her heart; her family couldn’t stop her, society couldn’t stop her, politics couldn’t stop her and any other cultural obstacle or circumstances around her didn’t have enough power to silence the answer she was giving to the History of Education.
Learning the philosophy behind the Method has just given me a reason to share what the method has done not only in my children’s education, but the light given to my heart to build up a generation who is solid in foundations: spiritually, mentally, and physically. Recognizing the value of an Assistant to Infancy, and the impact we can have in our society if we pay attention to the first three years of life.