LEARNING SPECIAL EDITION
‘We see satisfaction on their face when they pull on their own shoe, put something back where it belongs, or help a friend’
Independence and responsibility “Help me to help myself.” In Montessori, children learn to become remarkably independent. We don’t do this so that children will grow up as fast as possible. (Let children be children.) We do this because children love it. Children want to be able to do more, to contribute, to be a part of the family/ classroom/society. We see satisfaction on their face when they pull on their own shoe, put something back where it belongs, or help a friend. Through independence the child learns how to be responsible for caring for themselves, others, and the environment. They learn how to handle fragile things with care. They learn how to offer help to a friend. They learn how to take care of their belongings. They learn how to make amends when they have hurt someone. They learn how to look after the plants, the classroom, and the environment around them.
Respect A Montessori teacher will have such respect for the child that they will treat them the same way they would an adult. We can see this in the way they speak to the child, the way they ask permission if they need to touch them (for example, “Would it be okay for me to lift you up?”), and the way they allow the child to develop in their own way. This does not mean that the adult is not in charge. They will set a limit when needed. Not passive. Not aggressive. But in a respectfully assertive way.
Simone is a Montessori teacher of fifteen years and mother of two children who have attended Montessori right up through primary school
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