Every child has an innate drive for development. In order for this drive to be realized, the most fundamental need is independence. We, as loving parents, would like to do everything for our children. Allowing them their space to make mistakes and explore their options is not always easy, but is essential to developing their independence.
Montessori Methodology fosters a child’s independence. Montessori teachers are known as Directresses.
In a Montessori classroom, a Directress will, for example, sit among the children to demonstrate a Maths concept with specially designed Montessori equipment. Once the basic concept has been shown, the children are stimulated and free to independently continue exploring it at their own pace and in their own time.
The job of the Montessori Directress is to move among the children, to observe the progress, inspire, guide, re-direct, encourage and challenge.
“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be. Such experience is not just play… it is work he must do in order to grow up.” Maria Montessori.
Serving Lunch – Directress Joey Keyser and one of her toddlers serving lunch to her friends.