The Fascination with the Small Broom!
Abhiram and Dillan have been pairing up to do different activities; both are around four and a half years old. Just the other day I had shown them how to mop. That morning when Dillan started sweeping the classroom with ...more
Summerhill Festival of Childhood: Remembering A.S Neill
It was heart-wrenching when I first read A.S Neill's book, when I was 19 yrs old! I wished that I was many years younger to have been able to be in such a school as a student. The freedom ...more
A patch of history: the Montessori Elementary Training Courses in India
Soon after I completed my primary course in 1973, in Ahmedabad, with IMTC - Indian Montessori Training Courses - where A.M. Joosten was the director (this was the last course he managed full time. From the next year on, he spent time between Washington, U.S.A and India) with Mr S R Swamy as the associate director, I went as a volunteer teacher to Anaimalai, Tamil Nadu to work with C.N Vaidheswaran, Vaithanna, as he was called.
Knowledge and Process
The Montessori approach has underlined the importance of introducing concepts at the right time, in the right way. During the training of educators or workshops for parents, it may be done in a particular sequence with the assumption that adults know the concept and have to be shown only the way to offer these to the children, so that children are not ‘told’ but they discover the concept for themselves.