The 1946 London Lectures, p. 66.
Creating a Language-Rich EnvironmentThe Montessori philosophy emphasizes the importance of providing infants and toddlers with a language-rich environment. Research suggests that the first 3 years of life are crucial for language development as children's brains are highly receptive to language acquisition during this period. An important and simple way for parents and teachers to support this critical stage is to engage young children in purposeful and meaningful conversations.
Respectful CommunicationRespectful communication lies at the heart of the Montessori approach. Infants and toddlers should be treated as individuals with their own thoughts, preferences, and boundaries. By valuing their autonomy and creating a culture of respect, parents and teachers can build trusting relationships that foster healthy communication.
Language and the Power of ObservationObservation is a crucial component of the Montessori method. By closely observing infants and toddlers, parents and teachers gain valuable insights into their interests, needs, and developmental progress. This knowledge allows adults to tailor their communication strategies to meet each child's unique requirements effectively.
Asking Permission: Respecting BoundariesIn the Montessori environment, asking permission before touching or moving children is of utmost importance. Respecting children's boundaries contributes to the development of trust, autonomy, and a healthy sense of self.