Benefit of The Montessori Method
Children raised and taught in a Montessori environment are capable of developing many skill sets. Montessori methods encourage positive characteristics and qualities in children, such as independence, empathy, self-confidence, and self-suﬀiciency. “Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They can think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century” (American
Montessori Society, n.d.).
As we have previously discussed, a Montessori environment is tailored to suit each child’s wants, needs, and level of development. In a Montessori classroom, children are treated as individuals, and the teachers observe and present them with opportunities to learn. Every Montessori classroom is designed to help children learn and study independently. All materials and activities are optional, and children can participate at their own free will. A Montessori environment is suitable from birth to adolescence. The classroom consists of children of mixed ages, with typically three years between the youngest and oldest. The diﬀerent age groups allow for a family setup in the classroom, where younger children look to the older children for guidance. Older children enjoy being role models and mentors for younger children—teaching them independence and confidence.
Children are allowed the freedom to make their own decisions within an environment that has limits. The children learn at their own pace and choose their activities within a community that encourages respect and kindness. The children can explore, discover answers, and come up with solutions to their problems. “Internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime” (American Montessori Society, n.d.). The materials and environment allow for the children to find and explore errors and mistakes. The children learn to repeat their actions—improving their attempts and finding solutions until they are successful. Solving problems helps the children realize their capabilities, improving independence, courage, and confidence. Montessori techniques have proved to develop children’s social skills, manners, and emotional control.