הפעם אפנה את תשומת לבכם ל"Talk. Our Future Depends on it":
"Communicate with your child on every subject from the day the child is born.
Dr. Montessori wanted adults to talk to the child about everything in their environment. I remember during World War II, a nurse at Montessori’s settlement in India told a child that a war was going on and hundreds of people had been killed.
Montessori jumped on her. She told her to share the news in a positive way. People do kill each other in wars, but they are trying to achieve peace and help each other. Talk about the same news, but with a positive understanding.
This is another case in which recent research has verified Montessori insights. Today there are many studies showing that spoken language greatly affects the infant’s brain development. Some have concluded that the number of words an infant hears each day from attached, attentive human beings is the single most important predictor of later intelligence, academic achievement and social competence.
Babies need to be with speaking adults, not left isolated in a crib or listening to recorded sounds. They need to be where the family activities are going on. Whether the mother is cooking, cleaning or socializing with the friends, the child needs to be there.
If mother is cutting or peeling the vegetables, she needs to explain to the child: “Look, these are carrots and eggplants. After I peel and cut them, I will sauté them in oil and let them cook for a while. I am also adding salt, pepper, turmeric and cumin.”
The child enjoys the conversation and acquires the names of vegetables and spices.