Last month, we shared some of the unique characteristics of the workspaces where our students spend their time. (If you missed that article, click here to get caught up!)
Today, we’ll be talking about the freedoms Montessori School students enjoy, and the intentional boundaries that are designed to make those freedom instructive.
During the early stages of development and expression, freedom means everything to a child.
The ability to move, choose, and take interest in their surroundings is one of the core pillars you’ll find in every classroom here at Chesapeake Montessori School. These freedoms – set with intentional boundaries appropriate to each age group – means that children can exercise their independence, in the right place and at the right time.
Montessori children immerse themselves in the areas of study that interest them most, and the areas in which they excel at best.
Here, rules and policies are replaced with self-interest and empowerment. Our students are supported by teachers equipped with the tools and guidance necessary to putting children on the path of independence. And, because our classrooms are kept intimate on purpose, children feel comfortable expressing themselves with conviction from an early age without fear of criticism, bullying, or destructive language.
“When Anika found out that eating almond butter sandwiches at lunch meant she couldn’t sit with other kids that had nut allergies, she knew she had to change that. Since that first day I sent her to school with an almond butter sandwich, she has refused to take any nuts with her in order to protect her peers. She wants to sit next to everyone at school and make sure they’re taken care of, too.” (Parent: Vanessa Lane / Student: Anika Lane)
See what happens when our students are free to be.
Next month, we’ll finish up our series with the love of learning we do our best to pass on to the children at Chesapeake Montessori School. Until then, please feel welcome to schedule a tour and learn more!