The Importance Of Early Child Education

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“Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation” (Montessori, 1972, p. ix). Dr. Montessori, who was the first woman physician in Italy, was a firm believer in the importance of education, especially early childhood education. Dr. Maria Montessori spent a great number of years developing the Montessori Method, a program that is geared towards meeting each child’s developmental needs at their own pace. At this time, Dr. Montessori had a one of a kind perspective where education was involved. She did not devote her time studying on a set of skills or how a child develops separately in each of the developmental domains. Instead, she focused her studies specifically on how the whole child develops in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive domains. In the Montessori environment a child is blessed with one of the greatest gifts ever- independence. In order to grow and develop a child must be independent and able to function by himself. Although the Montessori Method is based upon the research and experiences of Dr. Montessori, who lived from 1870-1952, educational institutions
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