Balancing the Equation --While modern life has many positives, there are specific ways that it is impacting the development of young children. This presentation chronicles some of the historical changes, and their effects.
Dr. Montessori lived during the dawn of Industrialization. She realized that embedded within the activities children had experienced for thousands of years conveyed not only direct information but also implicit procedural knowledge (order of operations, cause and effect, etc.). They also provided the precise physical exercise needed to coordinate muscles and strengthen the nervous system. These activities helped the child become independent, and to understand practical matters such as: how food is grown, how clothes are made, and courtesy in social interactions. This knowledge allows children to feel confident concerning their ability to meet their own basic needs.
Life OUTSIDE of the classroom has changed dramatically. For this reason, if we are to be successful, we must also make changes to the activities that take place INSIDE the classroom.