" Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. " Maria Montessori
"A child is by his nature an avid explorer of his surroundings because he has not yet had the time or means of knowing them precisely." Maria Montessori
Children are always ready to "Explore", as this is in their nature to "Discover" things which comes in their way.
In a typical Montessori class, all lessons are hands-on and activity based, it excites the child's "Imagination" and thus he explores more deeply which resulted in Minute to minute discoveries.
this girl is showing an Ant which crawled to her fingers...
Concentration is not something to be developed but can be increased through right kind of environment.
"Miss, I found a rock , I want to add this in our Nature Basket, it is really unusual", shouted one of my Explorer student.
Scrutinizing the size of Twigs ;
scientific categorization cannot be taught to children, they already posses this quality.........................................speechless!
While they were making the Great wall , they discussed every aspect of it's development, Born - managers !.................. I was just a silent observer.
These boys are discussing the great discoveries they made about the different sizes of rocks.
Although it looks like they were all digging the sand but in reality everyone was exploring different aspect of sand in his unique way of approaching.
Ropes invite kids to explore the world in a unique way. This child was trying to insert the rope into that hole and after exploring different possibilities , she told me that what if the rope was wider ? what if the pipe was deeply inserted in the ground? what if the rope pulled out something from the hole? Endless questions show that children are Born - Explorers.
These kids are music lovers , they always find a way to produce some rhythmic sounds out of anything , anywhere. Rock n Roll..
In a free-play a child not only explores but in fact uses the scientific method to assess the information ; this girl tried really hard to get herself inside the box, while doing so she discovered the relation of space and weight, volume and mass, "characteristic of a cardboard box"; like its flexibility and many more facts of Physics which cannot be taught through books .
Discovering the Solar system through 3-D objects and exchanging each other views, all in a
free - play.
(My little scientists)
This is not just a skill of Knotting , the child discovers the Balance she needs to adjust, the strength she needs to pull, all unconsciously . That's the beauty of free -play.
Children are natural explorers, capable of discovering and figuring out many aspects of life given the freedom and framework to do so