Each parent researches and looks for a method of upbringing, even more methods that suit his child’s sensibility and character. It’s not enough just to respect the child, you have to show him that respect every time you interact with him. To respect a child means to treat him as a unique human being from birth, because children know much more than we think.
The role of the parent is to provide an environment for child where he can do all the things that are natural to him. The more predictable and familiar the environment is, it is easier for the child to learn. As they become more active, children need a safer place to move. Their natural desire to move must not be hampered by an inadequate environment. Also, the child is offered adequate activities such as a game of sherry and spoons, instead of expensive, luminous toys that produce a variety of sounds. During normal child care activities (changing diapers, feeding, bathing …), even a newborn can become an active participant if parents make an effort. Parents are the ones who create chances for interaction, cooperation and mutual enjoyment of every moment they spend with their child. “Filled” with positive experiences, the child is ready to explore the environment with minimal intervention and interference of adults. It is very important not to babble, but to talk with child as with an adult man.
The more observation, the greater is understanding. The more we understand the child and appreciate his ability to learn quickly, which is especially pronounced during the first three years of life. When we see what our child can do on his own, we are teaching him less and less, and we are providing a stimulating environment more and more.
For this reason, Montessori approach to early education brings children naturally and spontaneously through everyday life to an independent and responsible life, building Self-Confident, directed to respect basic human values and to always be ready for cooperation, togetherness and tolerance. In this way, children become stable and strong personalities from the earliest days of their lives. At first glance, achieving this goal may seem very simple and logical to us. However, if we would take just two minutes at this point to describe in a few sentences how we achieve this goal in our children, it would certainly not be easy for us. Before you continue reading, think about how your thinking, idea or upbringing of your child is alike Montessori principles that have been successfully applied in practice in the world for over a hundred years.
According to Montessori pedagogy, a child develops a stable and strong personality from a very early age. According to Montessori pedagogy, the natural potential for child development is absorbing brain, periods of sensitivity and human tendencies. By the age of three, a child has a mind that absorbs everything from the environment and his brain functions differently than later in life. From the third year, the so-called conscious absorbing brain rules where the child becomes aware of his “I” and the relationship in the social environment. According to Montessori pedagogy in the development of the child, there are periods in which the child acquires knowledge and skills in an easy and effortless interaction with the environment. These periods of sensitivity last for some time after which they disappear forever.
For the proper development of the child, first of all, a prepared environment is necessary so that it is physically adapted to the child, that the objects are realistic (real glass, plate …) and that the adult behavior is constant with rules that are clear to the child.
This environment allows the child spontaneous activity, the development of concentration, free choice, independence, the development of imagination based on reality and the promotion of social relations. According to Montessori pedagogy, the role of parents in the development of a child is, above all, that they do not teach children in the classical sense, but to look at them to discover their needs and interests based on periods of development and individual characteristics.