The unique focus of the Montessori educational environment is on building the child’s concentration – concentration being the key to everything that follows.
The first essential for the child's development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behaviour. He must find out how to concentrate, and for this he needs things to concentrate upon. This shows the importance of his surroundings, for no-one acting on the child from outside can cause him to concentrate.
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
This delightful wee video is one of a series of short videos illustrating key elements of Montessori – this one: concentration, featuring vignettes from the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.
[Hat tip Maria Montessori Education Foundation – the place to go to for Montessori training in NZ. Next course starts in January, 2015. Enrol now!]