Children between the ages 3 to 6 years have the following prominent characteristics
Your child has an inner drive to be independent. He wants to try new things and challenge himself. Montessori program encourages this independence. After a child is given a lesson on a material, he is given the freedom to choose what he wants to do each day in the classroom. It's a way of letting the child know that he is being trusted to find what interests him.
A love of order
When my son was a toddler, he would line up all his cars perfectly straight and would get irritated if even a single one of them was even slightly tilted. He also preferred many of his stuffed toys to be kept in exactly the same spot on his bed each night. I always found this fascinating. Turns out every child loves routine as it makes them feel safe.
The Montessori environment recognizes this need for order and establishes a calm environment where the child can expect to find things in their proper place and in their proper order. It is here that they feel safe and secure with themselves and the world around them.
A love of work
My son often takes a sheet of paper and pen and tells me that he is busy working. He pretends to apply jam on the toast and fill petrol in the toy car. Doing (pretending to do) this work gives him joy and makes him proud. Montessori program gives your child several opportunities to do "real work" to fill them with confidence and self-worth.
Children often have the tendency to become absorbed in something for long periods of time. You must have seen your son or daughter check a flower or work on a puzzle with an unbelievable amount of concentration. This ability to focus is encouraged and supported in the Montessori classroom where children can work on their lessons and activities for long durations without any interruption.
Being self-disciplined and being obedient are not the same. The intent is different. The self-disciplined child will complete an action, regardless of who is watching. He will do the behaviour because it is the right thing to do. On the contrary, an obedient child may follow directions to avoid a consequence, please a parent, or to receive a reward.
Montessori classes help guide the children along their journey, with the ultimate goal of being self-disciplined. It's all about seeing the child make independent “good choices” about behaviour without prompting from an adult.
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