Got Montessori?

What is Montessori?

This is a question that has so many beautiful, deep, powerful answers.

First of all, I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, so my first language is Spanish and tonight, I am stepping out of my comfort zone because I felt in my heart that this message should be in English. Hope you can treasure my words and feel the loving energy that I am sending.

Montessori is a method of education, a philosophy, a lifestyle. Here is a little bit of history to set the scenario:

Dr. Maria Montessori was from Chiaravalle, Italy, a physician, professor, intellectual, educator, wrote many many books on scientific pedagogy.  She  opened the first Montessori school: The Casa dei Bambini in Rome on January 6, 1907. When she graduated medical school in 1896, she was among Italy’s first female physicians! I find this fascinating!

This is a paragraph from her biography shared in http://www.AmericanMontessoriSociety.com

“She was an innovator, a feminist and idealist.

In the years following, and for the rest of her life, Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Through her efforts and the work of her followers, Montessori education was adopted worldwide.

As a public figure, Maria also campaigned vigorously on behalf of women’s rights. She wrote and spoke frequently on the need for greater opportunities for women, and was recognized in Italy and beyond as a leading feminist voice.

Maria Montessori pursued her ideals in turbulent times. Living through war and political upheaval inspired her to add peace education to the Montessori curriculum. But she could do little to avoid being ensnared in world events. Traveling in India in 1940 when hostilities between Italy and Great Britain broke out, she was forced to live in exile for the remainder of the war. There she took the opportunity to train teachers in her method.

At war’s end she returned to Europe, spending her final years in Amsterdam. She died peacefully, in a friend’s garden, on May 6, 1952.”
I have great admiration for this wonderful woman! When we moved to North Carolina from Puerto Rico five years ago, I was searching for my true calling, there where so many things that I liked to do with my life that it was hard to see clearly. I have a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Commercial Advertisement, but was not interested in pursuing a career in this subjects.

One day talking to my spiritual teacher, she said: “Think of something you are passionate about and love to do, even without getting paid” wow, this was a very deep question… a few second later, I knew the answer: Children! Working with children!

And my search for a school to work in began. I only sent one resume to one Montessori school and I was hired immediately, it was ment to be, without a doubt. My knowledge about Montessori came from my spiritual teacher, her daughter has been teaching for more than 15 years in the toddler house in Texas. Her stories about her daughter’s beautiful experiences as a guide for the little ones inspired me very much, there was a special spiritual connection that I felt with this method.

Also read amazing books that I recommend 100%:

•Montessori From The Start, The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen.

•Understanding the Human Being, The Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D.

•Montessori Parenting, Unveiling the Authentic Self by Dr. Jim and Sonnie MC Farland   * my favorite!!!!

Montessori is a movement of learning, a way to honor the children and his natural abilities to learn and discover. There is vast information about this topic, incredible quotes, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite; I will share some at the end.

When I had my daughter, I had an inspiration of creating a Childrens clothing line based on Montessori elements, teachings and materials; this is how #Tribusai was born, because of my respect, love and passion for what Montessori is and how it aids the children’s development in every aspect of life. And this brings me to the reason I wrote this article, the first T-shirt I created was:

M is for Montessori, using the same colors that are used in the movil alphabet to teach children how to write. Pink for consonants and blue for vowels.

I would describe Montessori philosophy as: Love, respect and admiration for the child. Montessorians recognize the child as a complete being, and this is so important to me!

I invite you to read more about Montessori, soon our online store will be up and running and you can buy our shirts!

Enjoy some beautiful quotes from the Great Maria Montessori:

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

“Follow the child.”

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

“Of all things love is the most potent.”

Love & Light!

Raisa Espinet Batista

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Planets

The planet shirt was inspired by our son Saimir Milán. He loved the planets, universe, stars and all things related to space. By his 2 years he already knew the planets by name, descriptions and characteristics (hot, cold, gassy, big, small).

This t-shirt is one of his favorites!

It is fun creating designs based on the interests of our children!

Hope you like it too! Soon we will have our online store up and running. 🙏🏼

And like Saimir always tells me…”mom don’t forget Pluto!!!” 💜

Love & Light!

Dream big like Jupiter🌝💫✨🌟⭐️

Hola, hello, nî hâo, bonjour.

This t-shirt was inspired by the most common languages teached in some Montessori schools.

I worked for two years in a Montessori school in Durham, North Carolina and it was an emersion of this four languages: Spanish, English, Chinese and French.
It was amazing observing how easily they got accustomed to the sounds and new words.

The child and his absorbent mind are able to learn many languages.
Based on Maria Montessori observations,
the critical period for language is from 7 months in utero until 6 years of age. She said that One should talk to their children as they can absorb languages much more easily and learn a 2nd or 3rd language as a child rather than as an adult.

It is a unique gift you can give to them. Teaching a child a new language can never start too early, as in different stages it develops from learning the pronunciation to learning proper grammar.

By age six, in the Montessori classroom, they will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where they will understand that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing.

They will become fully articulate, and will be able to express themselves in writing, will be able to read with ease, and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.

Raisa Espinet Batista
*Source: Daily Montessori / Montessori Books

Earth Citizen

Earth Citizen is my favorite shirt so far. It has the globe/sphere and the colors used in the Montessori classroom to teach the children geography. 

Each continent is color-coded, and they can feel the protruding continents and their sizes. For example: North America is orange, South America is pink, Europe is red, Asia is yellow, Africa is green, Australia is brown and Antartica is white. Later, animals of a particular continent are studied, the materials are laminated on the corresponding color of that continent to facilitate continent color association. How perfect is this?! 

What I love about this t-shirt is that the inspiration comes from a place of love ❤️, that we are all One, this is my message, no matter in what continent you were born, you are a citizen of this beautiful planet, brothers and sisters, connected, related one way or the other. And this we can learn from our children, they are our teachers! They are unconditional, pure and have a pristine energy surrounding them. 

Our son Saimir is 3 years old and he loves to wear this shirt, I know he can feel that there is a uniqueness about it. 
Maria Montessori was very fond of nature and always mentioned the importance of guiding the children to respect, treasure and explore outside as much as they can. Mother nature is our great teacher, Planet Earth our home. 

Here are some quotes by Maria Montessori related to nature:

“It is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.”

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.”

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.”

These are just a few! Soon we will have our online store and you will be able to purchase our lovely shirt! Send us a picture of you and family, when you purchase it, out in nature, enjoying it as an Earth Citizen😊
Namasté🙏
Raisa Espinet Batista

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