In many traditional schools, the learning model communicates the message: “Do what you are asked to do, when you are asked to do it.” Upon high school graduation a decade or so later, the children are expected to be successful, independent adults. Does that learning model truly prepare the child?
Independence, like every other aspect of life as an adult, is learned step by step, incrementally. Each milestone of independence supports the successful development of the next milestone.
In a Montessori school, children learn how to be self-directed. The lessons they choose to work on are the ones most appealing to them. Students are free to explore these activities at their own pace. Will they make mistakes? Of course, but that is the beauty of independence. Our children have the opportunity to learn in a relatively risk-free environment and to grow from their mistakes.
The result is a child who feels supported and empowered to become a creative, independent adult. Enjoy the photos!