May 30, 3014
As I read Chapter three in our textbook "Educational Psychology," I enjoyed how the author included Dr. Maria Montessori in "The Self, Social, and Moral Development." As a certified Montessori Co-Guide, this definitely spoke to me.
It was wonderful to see that the author used one of Dr. Montessori's quotes: "Play is children's work." This is so true. When we think of play, we think of a child having fun but there is so much more at "play." (no pun intended.)
There is the social emotional piece, problem solving, language and physical skills.
The Montessori philosophy is based on the belief that young children have an absorbent mind and they absorb their environment. Dr. Montessori believed that reality based play lays the foundation for creativity.
When comparing Montessori, Piaget and Vygotsky I found some similarities:
Montessori: "Play is children's work." You should always be observing the child.
Piaget - "Play is important for children's learning."
Vygotsky - Believed that learning took place when children played. Viewed observations just as important as test scores.