“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower Just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life. ” Maria Interiors The Interiors methods have been my favorite approach to early childhood education.
It is a well known and a widely used method of teaching in many schools across the United States and other parts of the world. In this essay my goal is to share what the Interiors Method is about and how I can implement the methods into my future classes. The Interiors Method is a fun and creative way to encourage natural and spontaneous learning. Maria Interiors is the founder of the Interiors methods and was born in Italy in 1870. She was one of the first women doctors in Italy and one of the first women to graduate from the University of Rome La Sapiens.
Maria Interiors was a distinguished woman first pursuing an education in engineering than taking up medicine against her father’s will. She dedicated herself to teaching children with disabilities and was recognized for successfully teaching a group of eight year old children who were presumed UN teachable or unmoral. These children passed tests and this gave Maria the chance she needed to open up her own school focusing on the disabled learners. Maria Interiors opened a school for children called the Sacs De Bambini.
Maria Interiors dedicated her life to study child development and held lectures and established training programs to help children develop and reach their highest potential. One of the great things about the Interiors program is how it enables teachers and parents to observe their child discover something new and the excitement it brings to both child and adult. One of the main ideas of the Interiors theory is that a child is competent being and is encouraged to make maximal decisions.
In other words the child is exposed to a learning environment that encourages them to try things out and sometimes they have to make decisions in order to further their learning experience. Children in the sass’s and early sass’s ere very different from today their childhood often cut short because of poverty and hardships. Maria Interiors introducing play into a school atmosphere was probably very unique and the results she produced in the reading and writing areas of study were the main reason she found support from so many countries like India and the Netherlands.
Her ideas were spread into many regions and are still used today. Maria simply gave the children what they needed to succeed academically and she really cared about the children giving them the tools they needed to take care of themselves in many areas. Some to the contributions made by Maria Interiors and are used as the Interiors method are the creation of the scale of sensitive periods and stages of a child from birth to about 1 5 years of age.
She developed this scale for sensitive periods of development, which provides a focus for class work that is appropriate and uniquely stimulating and motivating to the child (including sensitive periods for language development, censorial experimentation and refinement, and various levels of social interaction,). Everything Maria developed was based upon her observations of the children and how they do things naturally thou help from adults. Maria made a total of two trips to the U. S. Where she had supporters such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Helen Keller.
She was renowned worldwide for her “glass house” schoolroom exhibit at the Panama- Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. Maria opened many research facilities and training centers and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times in 1949, 1950, and 1951. Maria was inspired by the theory that “Children teach themselves”. She believed in the “self-creating process of children”. Interiors education is based on a flow experience. It is built on the constant self-construction of a child as time goes by. Interiors schools have prepared environments for children where they can achieve an uninterrupted quality education.
As a mother of three children under the age of seven I have observed that children learn things as they play and talk to each other. My son Matthew a very quiet but very active little boy enjoys expressing himself through art and pretend play. Maria Interior’s method changed the way I thought teaching and learning was all about. My son did not talk until he was almost 4 and did not like to socialize very much. I sat own with him and thought talking to him and showing him letters would get him motivated but Just relaxing and letting him play opened him up to me.
I started providing him with educational toys and plenty of crayons and Just let him show me what he was interested in. When I backed off and let him make the decisions it was like I had a whole new son. This in one of the reasons I really enjoyed the Interiors methods because they work and you do see results. Creating a fun and loving atmosphere is also part of the Interiors Method. Organizing a special room for the children to play and eat in makes a huge difference in the atmosphere and excitement the children create.
When walking into a pre-school or kindergarten classroom is so great to see little chairs and tables for the children to sit at counters they can reach and shelves of toy and art supplies that are easy accessible. The children know the difference between an adult environment and an environment set up Just for them. It is important for them to know that this is their special place where learning and having fun are the main goals. As a teacher I want to create a fun atmosphere with bright and colorful themes decorations and plenty of toys and supplies for the children to enjoy.
During class time the teacher can observe children engaging in their chosen activity providing insight on what that child is learning. While they play they often socialize and learn how to share and take turns. This prepares them for the real world. Story time, snack time, nap time all are good ways to teach kids about healthiness, promote reading and literacy, and give them a chance to rest and absorb the days activities. The children are like little sponges and can absorb a great amount of things at one time but it is important for them to have some quiet time to sort out what they have learned