Applying Montessori Principles to Everyday Parenting
An online course, this is a how-to primer on understanding and parenting/teaching 6 to 13yr-olds. How they are unique, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how best to kindle the fire of learning in them, and how to keep them happily challenged.
The child is not an empty being who owes whatever he knows to us who have filled him up with it. No, the child is the builder of man. There is no man existing who has not been formed by the child he once was.
Montessori as a system has become rather well-known in recent decades thanks to many of its students whose lives are the very essence of creativity and initiative - Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Celebrity chef and author Julia Child, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and management guru Peter Drucker, to name a few.
Maria Montessori, the first woman medical doctor from Italy, created the method based entirely on her careful observations of children. She saw education not as a 'preparation for life' but as an 'aid to life', and childhood as a period of self-construction.
Whether or not a child attends a Montessori school, Montessori principles can be effectively applied to the daily details of parenting. It provides a framework for parents to understand the unique nature of their child against the background of developmental predictability. A child whose developmental needs are met, is a child who is progressively more independent and resourceful and creative. She is able to initiate, self-direct, be patient, persist, seek and utilise resources and deeply engage in the joys of life - while leveraging her unique abilities.
This course is a how-to primer on understanding and parenting/teaching children in the 6-7 to 12-13 yrs of age. How they are unique, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how best to kindle the fire of learning in them and how to keep them happily challenged.
More on our expert course facilitator, Sowmya Jatesan, here.
Sowmya is convinced that if there's a way out of the gigantic mess that our world is today, it has to come from our children - their sensibilities, imaginations and capabilities. She is inspired by her Montessori training and nearly 15 years of teaching experience in various school settings.
Sowmya is a mother of two children - both of who have studied at schools at Auroville, and other alternate schools in Bengaluru, apart from being home-schooled at various points in time. Her daughter is doing her undergraduate program in Design at IIT, Guwahati, and her son is in 9th Grade, threatening to make a career in Drums!
Sowmya has a B. Tech degree from IIT Madras and a Masters degree from Pennsylvania State University.