Love and the Child in the Montessori Classroom
Keywords:love, Montessori, environment, Montessori teacher, child, epistemology of love
Love is intertwined with all aspects of the Montessori philosophy, including the way that the teacher builds a constructive relationship with the child. In order to do this, the teacher embarks on her spiritual journey to continuously better herself. In the midst of doing so, she develops certain spiritual qualities that are essential to constructing a positive relationship that respects the development of the whole child. She encourages the child to become independent, according to the stages of development. The epistemology of love, with its seven stages, also offers us a deep understanding of the love that exists between the Montessori teacher and the child. As the child is surrounded by this love, he cultivates a love for the environment that facilitates his learning.
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