Today I have an amazing conversation to share with Gabriel Salomão of Lar Montessori in Brazil. His native language is Portuguese and yet speaks so eloquently, gently and respectfully about the Montessori approach. I always learn something from our conversations and am so happy to be able to share this conversation with you on the podcast today.
Gabriel works with families and schools in Brazil and abroad, including training Montessori educators. He went to Montessori school himself until he was 14 and came back to Montessori when he was graduating in Literature in search of tools to become a better teacher. “One night, I found a small little book by Maria Montessori online and started to read, without pretensions. When I finished, it was dawn, and my life was transformed.”
- Gabriel asked a child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The child responded, “An adult.”
- “To obey is hard, it’s a skill and you learn that.”
- “Step into the wilderness of silence”
- “Love is very much silent”
Links from the episode
- Dignity: a new gift for children
- 8 principles of silent education
- Muriel Dwyers “A Path for the Exploration of Any Language Leading to Writing and Reading“
- Instagram @whatdaddid
Hi, Simone! I want to thank you so much for this podcast & your book. It has helped me immensely in my personal interactions with my 20-month old and I have already seen a change in her demeanour at home.
My question is regarding my spouse. He tells me to “lead the way” indicating that he wants me to learn all I can to incorporate Montessori principles at home. He is supportive in my research, but rarely listens to parts of your podcast that I share or reads blog posts that I recommend for him. He often interrupts our daughter’s activities that I spend time planning, or constantly “”quizzes”” her to see what she has learned. He is well-intentioned and loves her so much. How do I gently guide him, or really guide all of our family, to let her lead and stop interrupting her or constantly asking her questions?
Thank you so much for helping me in this situation!
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