One of the most unique and striking aspects of our Primary classroom is the peacefulness. There is a deep respect between the children and their teachers. Through “grace and courtesy” lessons, we guide children to solve their own problems, resolve conflicts, to be kind and helpful and to navigate a wide range of social situations. The result is a cohesive community of young children.The multi-age classroom encourages older children to foster leadership skills, while their younger counterparts benefit by having role models in the classroom. Even the shyest 5 year old is encouraged into a leadership role because the younger children look up to him/her and ask for help and assistance.
The children progress through the classroom at their own developmental pace, building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. In the Montessori classroom, this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning rather than being forced; second, by helping the child perfect his or her natural tools for learning, so that the child’s abilities will be maximized for future learning situation. The Montessori materials have this dual, long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.
Elements of fun and excitement are built into the lessons, which encourage children’s delight along with physical movement. Though we, as teachers, regard these purposeful lessons as the child’s “work”, the children consider this work as very fun, indeed.
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