Studying the works of montessori - the absorbent mind, chapter 7: the spiritual embryo little lord fauntleroy was raised with a gentle and loving mother, who, despite circumstances, was quick to point out the good in all situations. This period is known as the ‘spiritual embryo’ stage ii : 1 year 6 months to 3 years the idea is that the second embryonic period occurs after birth during the first three years of life when the child’s intelligence is formed, when the child acquires the culture and language into which he or she is born. Montessori social embryonic stage maria montessori , the first italian woman to qualify as a physician, is renowned worldwide for her devotion to the philosophy of education and for the educational method that bears her name.
It is the non-physical growth of the child’s mind, intellect, personality, temperament, spirit and soul (from birth to three years), which dr montessori thought of as being comparable to the physical growth of the embryo in the womb before birth.
Maria montessori calls them flames burnt without consumption these periods are transitory will not lost long thus spiritual embryo is an embodiment of powers. Montessori used the term “spiritual embryo” to describe the newborn child “when the psychic characters of the species are awakening” ( the absorbent mind , p 82) the first three years of life are a time of intense mental creation. Montessori felt that this homesickness was a residual effect of the spiritual embryo that absorbed his or her surroundings (the absorbent mind) miss child went on to explain this phenomena.
Montessori saw the growth of the child to the flourishment of the man, to be split into four main stages: stage one, for which many of us in the uk have most recognition, is the time she called 'the absorbent mind. The spiritual embryo montessori developed the concept of the spiritual embryo at the turn of the century she suggested that man develops through two successive embryonic stages – the first (physical embryo) in the prenatal period from conception to birth and the second during the period from birth to around three years.
(dr maria montessori, 'on discipline - reflections and advice', ami communications, 1991, 4, 22) at this stage the completion of an entire cycle will exercise an influence more and more far-reaching on the personality of the child.
Spiritual embryo and sensitive period are the analogy term used by dr montessori to describe the most important concepts of dr montessori’s understanding of the child’s development.
Montessori three embryonic stages maria montessori , the first italian woman to qualify as a physician, is renowned worldwide for her devotion to the philosophy of education and for the educational method that bears her name. The first sub-phase, the spiritual embryonic stage is a period of formation during which the work of the new born child is similar to that of the embryo but in a psychological plan, rather than a physical one (montessori, 2007a.