What the Hand does, the Mind Remembers
As we approach the end of our year, we are able to reflect on the growth of the children in Plum Blossom class and cast our minds back to the wonderful moments when our children surprise us. One moment that really stands out this week was when one child picked up a book and decided she wanted to read aloud to the class as we were waiting to transition from lunch to specialist class. Without any prompting from the teachers, the children organized themselves on the carpet in rows from youngest to oldest and sat listening attentively as Annie read aloud to them one of the classes favorite books in Chinese. This moment brought to mind for me one of my favorite quotes from Maria Montessori:
The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
”The Absorbent Mind” by Maria Montessori, Ch. 27, (p. 283), 1949.
“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” ~ Maria Montessori