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The Importance of Movement in the Foundation of Healthy Risk-Taking for Children Under Three

Gabriela Velazquez


Movement is one of the characteristics of human beings and one of the psychic organs that the spiritual embryo will develop during the first years of life. Movement is action, energy, and pushing forward to encounter the future. Movement awakens and activates many of our mental capacities, as well as integrating and anchoring new information and experience into our neural network.

Risk-taking in children under three is closely related to movement. Every day a child takes risks in order to gain experience and knowledge about the world and himself, and nature has a central role in a child’s development. Healthy risk-taking can’t be taught but is a skill we must develop as human beings.


Gabriela Velazquez

Gabriela’s Montessori journey began as a child. Her mother was a Montessori teacher, so she grew up attending Montessori schools in México. It was only natural that she also decided to pursue a career in Montessori education upon reaching adulthood. After completing her degree in Early Childhood Education, she earned the AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma.  She would go on to work for more than 20 years in Montessori schools in México and the United States. Gabriela completed the demanding AMI Training of Trainers program to be named an AMI Trainer at the level of 0-3 Assistants to infancy.  She has worked on 0-3 teacher-training courses in Argentina, Denver, San Diego, and Taiwan.

Recently presented 0-3 Assistant Certificate courses in Phoenix, China, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico.  She serves as a lecturer, consultant, and examiner for AMI, and she is the Director of Training at Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies in Mesa, Arizona. Instituto Montessori Valencia in Valencia, Spain, and at the Montessori Training Center Poznan in Poznan, Poland.

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