Coordination of Movement (Montessori)

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Coordination of Movement in Montessori education refers to the development and refinement of motor skills in early childhood.[1] Through independent effort, a child improves their muscular coordination, achieving higher levels of autonomous functioning. Recognizing this developmental need, Montessori environments often feature activities that involve precise and meticulous movement.

Montessori Quotes

  • "The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience 'work'.[2]
  • "Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside."[3]

Research and Critiques

  • Pros: Coordination of movement activities can enhance motor skills, cognitive development, and foster independence.[4]
  • Cons: Critics argue that this approach may not cater to all children, especially those with motor skill difficulties or other developmental challenges.[5]

Comparisons to Other Methods

In traditional education, physical activities are usually separated from cognitive learning. However, in the Montessori method, coordination of movement is integrated with cognitive development, acknowledging the important role of physical activity in intellectual growth.[6]

See Also

Glossary of Montessori Terms

The Glossary of Montessori Terms is a collection of specific terms and vocabulary that are related to the Montessori method of education, primarily focusing on the theory and practice for children aged 3 to 6. The jargon used by Montessori educators offers a unique insight into child development as discussed by Maria Montessori. The 'Montepedia Glossary of Montessori Terms' originated from a glossary that was compiled by the late Annette Haines from the Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis, at the request of Molly O'Shaughnessy from the Montessori Centre of Minnesota. The reason behind the creation of this glossary was to supplement O'Shaughnessy's lecture at the Joint Annual Refresher Course that took place in Tampa, Florida, in February 2001.[7] The glossary has since been expanded and updated with additional 'Montessori Terms'.

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  1. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  2. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  3. Montessori, M. (1967). The Discovery of the Child. Ballantine Books.
  4. Lillard, A. (2017). Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford University Press.
  5. Egan, K. (2002). Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press.
  6. Mooney, C. (2013). Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. Redleaf Press.
  7. Haines, A. (2001). Glossary of Montessori Terms. Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis.