Eleven Human Tendencies & The Montessori Methodology

How Maria Montessori's Teachings Apply Age-Old Human Tendencies
By: Lifetime Montessori School
Human Tendencies
Human Tendencies
SAN DIEGO - Aug. 31, 2022 - PRLog -- Ever watch groups of young children playing together, having fun, talking, laughing and just enjoying the joys of the moment? It's easy, then, to see how 11 human tendencies are so closely aligned to Maria Montessori's teachings, especially at a local private Preschool thru Elementary in Santaluz.

At Lifetime Montessori School (LMS), educators watch how children's exploration, communication, order, activity, repetition and exactness are basic elements of human tendencies.

"Maria Montessori wrote about how human tendencies were similar to those of babies," Kristin Edwards, M.Ed., and Director of LMS, says. "The most basic needs are shelter, food and water. Prehistoric man was the same. If your most primitive needs are not being met, you're not moving forward."

A renowned Montessori educator concurs. Silvia C. Dubovoy, Ph.D., writes, "Human tendencies are natural impulses that direct an individual to perform certain actions or activities without a conscious plan, providing them with individual satisfaction and function as the perpetuator of the human spirit."

When children are comfortable, confident, feel valued, and know their place in the world at large, they develop more mental needs rather than just basic ones. Getting to that point means that one doesn't have to worry about their place in the world; they simply must be one with the environment before they get to the next place.

Montessori philosophy and methodology are closely aligned to the following 11 human tendencies:
  • Human Tendencies 1 thru 4: Orientation, Order, Exploration and Communication allows children to learn about their environment and their place in it; the desire for order rather than chaos; the ability to use our senses and sense of curiosity to explore sounds, scents, textures, tastes and colors around us; and, to convey our thoughts, feelings and information to each other.
  • Human Tendencies 5 thru 10: Activity, Manipulating an Item, Working, Repeating Movements and Achieving an Exactness in that task towards mastery are other ways children display human tendencies by performing a task while expressing themselves.
  • Human Tendency #11: Finally, Abstraction becomes part of human thinking when a man—cave or space—masters the basic need and progression from concrete knowledge to abstract, imaginative thinking about themselves, others and the world.
LMS embraces the Montessori philosophy via a prepared environment like a class, bed or family room. In other words, rooms are designed and built for maximum learning. Thus, rooms are built sparsely, distinctively and at eye-level for your children with all materials nearby for them to touch, explore and manipulate.

When children learn about themselves, the world at large and their place in it, they'll grow quickly towards mastering today's tasks with a keen desire to learn still more tasks tomorrow. https://lifetimemontessorischool.com/free-tours.

Kristin Edwards
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