The essence of every Montessori preschool student is independence. Most parents think children must become independent at 18, but autonomy is more than just living alone.
Independence is the ability to do things by yourself and make decisions for yourself without the influence of other people. Children are capable of being independent; in fact, as Dr. Maria Montessori believed, it is in their nature.
Montessori education fosters that independence.
Traditional classrooms would have teachers discussing lessons in front of the students and telling them the activities they should do.
At a Montessori daycare, children have the freedom to choose what they want to learn. Not all children are the same, so they must have the awareness to pick a material that they are comfortable with. There are many educational objects and materials inside the classroom, which is why Blossoms Montessori School has ample space and plenty of shelves to store them. Everything is within reach so that children can have access to all materials.
Teachers are there to facilitate learning and guide the children through the process. They do not dictate what specific lessons children should devour since each individual has different pacing. Therein lies the advantage of Montessori education- children are not forced to learn something they are not ready for.
The more children are encouraged to choose their path, the more they become creative. This is highly encouraged as children enjoy the learning process and the result is not the focus in Montessori childcare. In traditional classrooms, students compete for high grades. With Montessori, it’s about perfecting the process and completing tasks. By doing so, it becomes a natural path for creativity among students.
Being independent doesn’t mean being alone. Autonomy is more about self-awareness and self-discipline. Montessori encourages collaboration among students through mentorship and cooperative play.
It is common at Blossoms for older children to help the younger ones with more difficult activities since they share one space. The students also play together, which prompts camaraderie and teamwork. Social relationships are vital to one’s independence.
There is a balance of academic work, practical life, and play at Blossoms Montessori School in Spring, Texas. Visit us and check out our exceptional facility.
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As a highly experienced Montessori educator with a coveted AMI credential from Association Montessori International, I have spent over 22 years helping children discover their full potential through an individualized approach to learning. Along the way, I have mentored and coached countless educators, equipping them with the tools and techniques to foster growth in their own students. In fact, I have trained over 65 teachers to date. Currently serving as a Director, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every aspect of my work. Whether you are a parent seeking the best educational opportunities for your child or an educator looking to improve your own practice, I am confident that I can help you unlock your full potential.