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"The instructions of the teacher consist then mainly in a hint, a touch - enough to give a start to the child." ~ Maria Montessori
"The mother should always act deliberately. She should take the greatest pains to be sure that the child understands every step before he passes on the the next, and that he has thoroughly mastered one process before he is allowed to progress to another more complicated. Above all, she should refrain from forcing the child's attention in the slightest degree." ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
To introduce a new word Mom points to an object and says: "cat." That is the FIRST PERIOD - the vocabulary term has been introduced and the child has OBSERVED. At this point the concept of "cat" can be sensorially extended by letting the child pet the cat, listen to it meow, chase it, etc.
After several days of repeating the naming of the "cat" Mom says: "Where's the cat?" The child has to make a choice, looking around the room at several different objects. When the child finds and recognizes the cat, the child responds with action, pointing to the cat. The child has processed the information from the first period and had UNDERSTOOD. That is the SECOND PERIOD. Note that the response is physical, through action, though not yet verbal.
Some time later Mom points to the cat and says" "What's that?" The child responds verbally and says: "cat." That is the THIRD PERIOD. The child has answered a direct question with a verbal answer. When the child can respond correctly without hesitation he has achieved the level of MASTERY.In a Montessori presentation the language used is something like this:
"Before the child is given the language of these common colors, he is invited to match corresponding tablets, exercising the ability to discern the difference. Once the child has mastered this visual sense, he is equipped with the language needed to communicate about the colors. In this way, the colors become concrete parts of who he is, before they are given the arbitrary identifying names, In many traditional settings the child first learns, "This is blue." This limits the child's understanding of the color as a meaningless term given to a pigment. Allowing him to visually engage the color first, matching like shades, engrains the truth of the color in his experience. The hope is then that this child has a greater understanding of color, which will manifest itself throughout life.
- Understanding Montessori: The Senses
"It is exactly in the repetition of the exercises that the education of the senses consists; their aim is not that the child shall know colors, forms and the different qualities of objects, but that he refine his senses through an exercise of attention, of comparison, of judgment."
- The Montessori Method
|Color Box 3 Lesson at Montessori Album|
In ancient Greece, Aristotle developed the first known theory of color. He postulated that God sent down color from the heavens as celestial rays. He identified four colors corresponding to the four elements: earth, fire, wind and water.
Leonardo di Vinci was the first to suggest an alternative hierarchy of color....He listed his six colors in the following order: white, yellow (earth), green (water), blue (air), red (fire), and black.However, color theory began with with Isaac Newton in 1666. By using two prisms he observed white light as the composition of all the colors of the rainbow which could be identified and put into order. He called the array of colors form the glass prism a spectrum and assigned seven colors to it, which we commonly know today as ROY-G-BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)
Dr Montessori learned, as I learned, and as every teacher must learn, that only through freedom can individuals develop self control, self independence, will power and initiative. There is no education except self-education. There is no effective discipline except self-discipline. All that parents and teachers can do for the child is to surround him with right condition. He will do the rest; and the things her will do for himself are the only things that really count in his education."
~ Anne Sullivan Macy, teacher to Helen Keller