The Child Who Is Not Yet There
A Poem by Mariana Bissonnette
1 ”Even a smile” Montessori spoke of could distract the child concentrating. Our role as adults is not to lay judgment on the child’s activity, but rather to stand back, observe and try to understand.
2 In Dr. Montessori’s 1949 London Lectures, she talks about “new children” whose abilities and behavior were a surprise to everyone when give a “Prepared Environment” like a Montessori classroom built to meet their developmental needs.
3 In Dr. Montessori’s Education for Peace, “The First Lecture,” she talks about how love is a foundational part of peace and the love her saw in the Montessori environments was a love of work, activity and one’s environment.
4 Observation is our most essential skill as Montessori guides. It is when we take a step back, that we start to see these “new children” for without observation, they may have appeared and no one would be the wiser because we weren’t paying attention.