Everything below has been quoted from a “A Montessori Tidbit”.
Did you know that pediatric neuropsychologist and Montessori parent, Dr. Steve Hughes believes that the Montessori curriculum triggers specific brain functions that greatly aid cognitive development. In fact, he refers to Montessori as “the original brain based method of learning”. Below is an excerpt from the blog The Neurology of Montessori from Montessori for Everyone that quotes Dr. Hughes.
“It is amazing to me that Dr. Montessori was able to develop her materials without the benefits of today’s technology. She could not view a child’s brain to see which areas lit up when they were using the Cylinder Blocks, and yet through observation she knew that a child’s fine motor skills, shape and size discrimination, and hand/eye coordination were being strengthened through this work.”
Dr. Hughes’ work is a reminder that Maria Montessori was herself a scientist before she was an educator She didn’t guess at the materials she created; she observed, made changes based on her observations, and observed some more. She let the children teach her rather than pushing her own ideas on them. The fundamental touchstones of education through Montessori – preparing a natural and supporting environment, and dating that environment for a child to fulfill his or her greatest potential – have proven to be more than helpful educational theory. The Montessori Method holds a proven place in creating neural pathways that facilitate cognitive development.
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