Elements that Govern the Growth and Development of Children
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This paper looks at the work of Maria Montessori as discussed in her book 'The Absorbent Mind'. The author of this paper discusses the structure of the absorbent mind and the elements that govern the growth and development of the child.
From the Paper:"In 1949 Maria Montessori published a book entitled 'The Absorbent Mind' which was "an analysis of the physical and psychological aspects of a child's growth during the most significant period of life." Within this essay I will discuss the structure of the absorbent mind, as described by Maria Montessori, and the elements that govern the growth and development of the child.
"The period of the absorbent mind is mainly from birth to age 6, which covers the first two planes of the child's development. During the first plane, birth to 3 years, the child's absorbent mind stores all the information it absorbs into the unconscious memory, also referred to as the 'mneme'. The child is governed by an inherited ability that is pre-determined, an inbred natural instinct which steers their development and leads them to spontaneous activity. This is called the 'horme', "horme belongs to life in general, to what might be called the divine urge, the source of all evolution." . After the age of three, the child's unconscious memory comes into the conscious stage of thinking and now, in their second stage, they are aware of their learning."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Lillard, Paula P. Montessori, A Modern Approach. New York: (Schocken Books Inc) 1988.
- Montessori, Maria. The Absorbent Mind. Oxford: (The Clio Montessori series; v.1) 2000.
- Standing, E.M. Maria Montessori Her Life and Work, New York: (Plume, The Penguin Group) 1998.
- Colgan, Anna. Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Training Course: Philosophy. Oxford 20/09/01
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