Endorsed by the Montessori community worldwide, this new coding material is creating waves. And a Montessori in Bangalore has started using it!
The world’s first Montessori material that teaches coding to kids is out. And there’s a Montessori in Bangalore that has it!
A much-repeated question that many parents ask of the Montessori philosophy is, “Has Montessori evolved to keep up with the changing world around us?” Darshan Mutha, founder of Kidoz Montessori and its Elementary Montessori, the Mutha School, definitely thinks so. “Of course Montessori has evolved. There are so many new Montessori approved materials being created. Have people in India taken to it? Not as much as we would like them to. If Montessorians research and find out about more, they will get some phenomenal new material and resources to work with.”
One such new Montessori material, Cubetto, is creating a lot of positive buzz in America. The reason? It is approved by the Montessori community.
Why is the Montessori community so excited by this new material?
- It follows the Montessori approach to a tee
- It can be taken apart and put back so it is pretty current and has elements of Maker’s Space.
- Instead of a digital interface, it has a physical one.
- It is rudimentary programming, pure, simple and hands-on, accessible to children with different learning abilities and talents. The primary students in Kidoz Montessori in Banashankari, Bangalore, are using the Cubetto.
Curious to know what it’s like? Check out their video!
A new Montessori approved coding toy
So how does Cubetto work? It consists of a smiling, friendly wooden robot that can be made to move around a console. The children do this by using a physical programming board and coding blocks. Each coding block is of a different color and is linked to a different coding command. The child will have to slide different color blocks into the board. The children then get Cubetto to move from around the console.
“I was stunned to read about the kind of work that Montessoris do in other countries. In elementary school, they are creating and using material that incorporates things students learn in MBA — the binary tree, for instance.” – Darshan
Darshan first saw Cubetto on Kickstarter and following its endorsement by the Montessori community, was keen to have it in his environment in Kidoz Montessori.
Designed to teach coding to children in the 3-6 age group, children who toy with Cubetto do not need to know the technical terms involved. It is programming language, pure and simple, without the need for literacy.
Innovations that could rock the Montessori world
As a Montessorian, Darshan keeps track of the latest breakthroughs and research in Montessori and education. “I was stunned to read about the kind of work that Montessoris do in other countries. In elementary school, they are creating and using material that incorporates things students learn in MBA — the binary tree, for instance.”
Darshan points to one such example, the Wildflower Montessori in Boston. “Children there learn about logic gates, which I only did in 12th grade.” You can check out the Montessori material used to teach logic gates and boolean functions here — it has to be seen to be believed!
Wildflower Montessori also uses a remarkable data visualization project to track the movement of the child, how much time he or she is spending, where he or she is going, through video cameras and Kinect sensors. Montessorians use this to understand and enhance the children’s learning patterns.
Darshan states that while maintaining the fundamentals of Montessori which he loves, he would like to use technology as a means to an end. Kidoz is helmed by Savitha K Premchandra and Darshan Mutha. Savitha, who has more than 15 years of experience, is a pure Montessorian who is passionate about the philosophy. Darshan Mutha, an education entrepreneur and a passionate Montessorian himself, is constantly innovating and bringing new ideas to the philosophy.
This is a combination that makes Kidoz Montessori Program pretty special.
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