Google celebrates Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday. If you have children you hopefully know her. Maria Montessori is best known for her philosophy of education. She was also was a physician and educator, a noted humanitarian and devout Catholic. Her educational method is in use today in public and private schools throughout the world. In very short she said: A teacher is not a master, but an observer and companion. Focus on what children want to learn and they will learn.
Here the Montessori-Doodle:
„Accordingly, the schoolroom was equipped with child-sized furnishings, „practical life“ activities such as sweeping and washing tables, and teaching material that Montessori had developed herself. Children were given freedom to choose and carry out their own activities, at their own paces and following their own inclinations. In these conditions, Montessori made a number of observations which became the foundation of her work. First, she observed great concentration in the children and spontaneous repetition of chosen activities. She also observed a strong tendency in the children to order their own environment, straightening tables and shelves and ordering materials. As children chose some activities over others, Montessori refined the materials she offered to them. Over time, the children began to exhibit what she called „spontaneous discipline“.“
Source and more about Montessori’s life and work (Wikipedia)
Montessori’s work was influenced by Friedrich Froebel. Google honors Froebel’s 230 birthday on April 21, 2012 (only Germany):
More about Friedrich Froebel.
Interesting: the Montessori or Froebel „material for playing and learning“ is the opposite of waht Google shows as the „Children’s Day Doodle“ in 2011:
Finally: the two Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page both went to Montessori schools as they told in this video:
Larry Page and Sergey Brin discuss their experience as Montessori students.
As allways, here a conclusion-video that documents the Montessori Doodle: