ERIC Number: ED425867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Normalized Child.
Futrell, Kathleen H.
This booklet is a printed edition of a talk given to parents of children at The Aquinas Montessori School (Alexandria, Virginia) in 1966, when the school was newly opened. Later, at the request of parents, the booklet was prepared and used for parent education and information by many other Montessori schools and organizations. The booklet describes Maria Montessori's view of the characteristics of the "normalized" child, an ideal of child development espoused by Montessori and striven for in Montessori education by providing environments that meet all of a child's developmental needs. The booklet discusses the needs of children in achieving normalization: (1) the need for movement; (2) the need for language development; (3) the need for independence; (4) the need for love and security; (5) the need for discipline; and (6) the need for order. Assuming these needs are met, the normalized child will appear. The booklet goes on to discuss the normalized child's characteristics, including: (1) a love of order; (2) a love of work; (3) love of silence and working alone; (4) mutual aid and cooperation; (5) profound spontaneous concentration; (6) obedience; (7) independence and initiative; (8) spontaneous self-discipline; (9) attachment to reality; (10) sublimation of the possessive instinct; and (11) joy. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Theories, Elementary Education, Individual Development, Montessori Method, Nontraditional Education, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods
North American Montessori Teachers' Association, 11424 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106; Tel: 216-421-1905; Fax: 216-421-8193 ($5 each; 25 or more copies, $4 each, plus shipping. All orders must be prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hershey Foundation, PA.
Authoring Institution: North American Montessori Teachers Association, Cleveland Heights, OH.