The child at birth appears almost nothing. He cannot walk, cannot talk and he can’t even eat on his own. The same child within two years learns so much. He can walks, runs, talks continuously, how did it happen within such a short time. For the same work adult takes years. How does it happen with the child? Continue reading
The cry of my 2 ½ years old niece, welcomed me, as I entered my mother’s house. She was trying to keep her teddy bear in a particular fashion on a chair and resisted the help offered by her mother and others. She was not happy with positions she tried. she was getting upset but not give up. It appeared as though she was instructed by someone to achieve the perfection. She continued trying to achieve the perfect order of the teddy bear on the chair. Once it was achieved she was so happy that she showed her work proudly to all.
This is the photo of Mouna, a beautiful, intelligent and young girl of 16, who hanged herself. She was the second one I knew to commit suicide in 2009. The first one was my niece Chaitra. While Mouna hanged herself Chaitra drank an insecticide. Both killed themselves for their Love!
Once, a mother shared, that she thinks twice before taking her 8 year old son to a hotel, as he makes a mess of the place and dirties his clothes. I was surprised. Any normal child would be able to eat on his own without spilling by 3 years. Even the children of uneducated, less privileged and poor parents, who do not get the required attention and care, learn to be independent. What is the reason for this child who is the only son of educated, caring and protective parents, not independent? Continue reading
In his book ‘Dr. Maria Montessori –Her life and work’ E.M. Standing compares Dr. Maria Montessori to Columbus and says, “While Columbus discovered a world without, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered the world with in.” The world within discovered by Dr. Maria Montessori was a new world of child, which was different from the world that was known earlier. Continue reading
Imagine a school, in the middle of a garden, where children run around the butterflies freely, and observe the tiny little worms in the sand intensely; a school which has low steps, suitable gates, doors and windows convenient for them to operate. Continue reading
The source of light which lights the lamp of knowledge in us is a teacher.
The teacher ignites a ray of hope in his students and inspires them to go beyond him. He motivates them to see what he has not seen and achieve what he has not achieved. He shows how to live by the example of living his own life.
The teacher has the capacity to create the “best” in his students. He has the ability to enhance that “best” and the strength to destroy the “bad“. Continue reading