I had the privilege of getting to know Mother Caspari during the last few years of her life. We had a special tie through the French language. She shared with me her life and gave me many teachings about caring for my children, both in and out of the womb. She also imparted to me the deep spiritual understanding that permeated her work and her legacy.
“The Montessori method is not based-on ever-changing theories, but on eternal-principles,” Mother Caspari told me. “That’s the secret. These principles have-helped children everywhere, from the-most affluent neighborhoods of New-York City to the poorest areas of India.”
Here are some of the principles that Mother Caspari taught.
~There is a perfect window of opportunity for learning various skills and concepts. By teaching a child at the optimal time, you make the most of their natural development. In most schools, children begin learning the alphabet at age six. With Montessori, they are reading fluently before they enter the first grade.
~In the first six years of life, children have an absorbent mind. They learn by absorbing all that they see and hear. Parents and teachers must pay special attention to what a child is exposed to during those years because what is absorbed before age seven can never be erased. Keep your child away from the television set. Maria Montessori used to say, “Six years is such a short time, give them to your child.”
~Children copy adults. Adults have to be careful of everything they do, everything they say, everything they think. If they are not genuine, children know it.
~Learning starts at conception. You can teach your children them by singing and reading to them while they are still in the womb, and by playing classical music.
~Children must have order around them. Order gives children a sense of security and helps them form their minds. They also need a very regular schedule. Parents need to make room for the child’s schedule and not expect the child to adapt to their schedule. A child who has an orderly life with scheduled activities they like will not have discipline problems.
~The child’s motto: Help me do things—all by myself.
~Exercise and coordination of movement is very important. Proper movement with correct rhythm helps children develop both sides of the brain.
~Children love to do adult tasks like dusting when they are not forced.
~It is very important for adults to slow down around children, to move more slowly, and to speak slowly and very distinctly.
~Children need their father to take time with them and teach them. Fathers provide a sense of protection and stability.
~Every child is reachable and teachable. There are gallopers, average learners and crawlers. The crawlers take their time and get there too.

Author's Bio: 

Therese Emmanuel Grey is spiritual and relationship mentor who teaches the inner family archetypes to help heal individuals and families. She has co-authored two landmark books, Why We Do What We Do and The Psychology of Success. Her autobiography, Miracles, Masters and Mirth: Adventures in Spirituality and Self-Awareness, provides extraordinary insights on the purpose of life and can be found at www.miraclesandmasters.com Therese also wrote the beautifully illustrated children's book, The Legend of the Ancient of Days, available at www.sanatkumara.info Therese nurtures a fast-growing online community of spiritual seekers and holistic minded individuals at www.lightworldwide.net. She also hosts several radio programs, including daily violet flame mantras and meditations at www.violetflamemiracles.com. Therese teaches weekly classes, webinars and facilitator training courses from her home in Montana, including the well-loved Radiant Sherpa Retreat. She also offers private sessions, where she shares highly effective insights and rituals to help you connect to your angels and sponsoring master. Find out more at www.ascendedmasterindex.com