If you’re a parent, you’re your child’s first and most important teacher. One of the hardest Montessori principles for many teachers and parents to adapt to relates to this quote by Maria Montessori:
“Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity. It seems a strange thing to say, but this can happen even if the child merely becomes aware of being watched. After all, we too sometimes feel unable to go on working if someone comes to see what we are doing. The great principle which brings success to the teacher is this: as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist. Naturally, one can see what he is doing with a quick glance, but without his being aware of it.” (Dr. Maria Montessori, ‘The Absorbent Mind’, Clio Press, 255)
It seems odd to not give attention when a child is doing his or her best work. But that’s what needs to be done to encourage and expand the child’s ability to concentrate.
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“The Great Principle Which Brings Success to the Teacher” Montessori Word Art Freebie
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More Montessori Inspiration for Parents and Teachers
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I have a post on helping your child develop concentration at Living Montessori Now.
Here’s another post showing the importance of the child developing concentration: What Does the Montessori Term “Normalization” Mean?
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