Children become independent and confident with Montessori education
Montessori education has a clear objective: to help children develop into a complete adult, living comfortably in his own skin and in the society. While the old-fashioned or traditional approach of education relies on transmitting a set of prescribed pieces of information, the Montessori method focuses on supporting and encouraging the normal and natural development process of a human being.
Only if you are and feel complete develop an inclination towards learning the things you need to become an integral part of society. People see education nowadays as a way to fight inequality, poverty and anti-social behavior, but they neglect an important factor: the individual’s confidence to guide his own development and grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Montessori education wants to ensure an optimal environment or space for children, according to their age and give them the freedom to express themselves and act accordingly to the situation.
Montessori views education as a way of helping a child who will eventually grow into a mature adult, reach his maximum potential. The environment created has the purpose to provide a safe and permanent foundation for education. The role of the teacher in the class and the presence of Montessori materials have the purpose to allow the kid to work independently and make use of his creativity. If we compare this method to the traditional education, we instantly notice that children do not feel controlled because the teacher does not force them to follow a certain path but gives them the opportunity to choose their own path, which is not always the same for everyone. The physical organization of Montessori classrooms is more than obvious because it contains readily available learning supplies made of natural materials. Moreover, these materials are suitable for kids of different ages, with different characteristics and interests to engage them.
Montessori believes in auto-education meaning that children are able to educate themselves and develop skills that will help them succeed in life, both personally and professionally. The teacher simply prepares the learning space and places the needed materials waiting for the child to show initiative and use them properly. Furthermore, the teacher also has the chance to see the type of decisions and choices the respective child makes. Montessori believes that kids have an absorbent mind and it is very important to surround them with positivity and useful pieces of information while also allowing free exploration so that kids can make the most out of the learning experience. Another responsibility that a teacher has is to pay attention to the child’s development and identify the right stage, known as the sensitive period, to introduce him to new ideas and concepts.
Montessori does not believe in adults, in this case, the teachers, forcing children to accumulate certain pieces of information and observe a set of strict rules. Instead, it treats the child with respect and surrounds him with useful information so that he can absorb it freely without feeling influenced by someone else. Every detail in the classroom has a specific role in the kids’ education.