We have a different conception of the child from that generally recognized. We see a new child as a flower that grows from the depths of the waters – rises and blossoms – it is not a mere idea, nor that we are aiming at the betterment of human nature.
The Baric Sense Tablets
In Maria’s words, “The exercise is done blindfolded. The child takes two tablets at a time and estimates the weight as light, medium or heavy, placing each tablet in its own pile.”
Age 3.5 – 4.5 years This is an exact replica from 1935 practical manuals made by Victoria Goldsbrough.
Humanity is a united whole, and we cannot touch the child without changing the whole of Society.
Taken from the Philosophy manual of Victoria Goldsbrough 1935.
This demonstrates Montessori‘s expanding vision nearly 28 years after the beginning of the experiment in Rome, the opening of the first Casa de Bambini.
Who was Victoria Goldsbrough?
She was the mother of Binda Golsbrough, a Montessori assistant before and after WWII. Binda emigrated to New Zealand and later began Courtyard Montessori, one of New Zealand’s earliest Montessori schools. Prior to her death in 2008, she gifted these manuals to Marsha and Philip Snow Gang. The originals are now at Nova Montessori School in Christchurch, New Zealand. She also started a training center in New Zealand… Aperfield Montessori. Victoria’s husband (Binda’s father), Giles Goldsbrough, organized most of Dr. Maria Montessori’s appearances throughout the United Kingdom (193-1939).