The Montessori Method

The Montessori classroom provides the environment and materials that children need for their personal development. The classroom will always have in mixed age group with every child being unique in their understanding of the activities. In the Montessori House of Children, they are given the freedom to choose their activities according to their own interests and readiness in a non-competitive environment. Off course, there are some limits which the child has to follow. The habits and skills which children develop become an integral part of their personality .They will help the children grow more confidently, observe more carefully, and concentrate better throughout their life.
If a child is finishing an activity faster, the activity can be made more challenging by putting time limit. We can encourage repetitions for complete mastery of the skill, and also manipulate the activity by changing it a little to make it more challenging for the child.
Maria Montessori in her book ‘The Discovery Of The Child’ mentioned, “Repetition is the secret of perfection”. Like the old adage, “practice makes perfect”, we can all agree on the importance of repetition in the Montessori environment. The child who finishes faster should be encouraged to master the activity and become more adept with it through repetitions. He/she can also be encouraged to help other children with the activity he/she has already mastered.

 

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