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Eleven Human Tendencies & The Montessori Methodology
How Maria Montessori's Teachings Apply Age-Old Human Tendencies
By: Lifetime Montessori School
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:
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/