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How Montessori Schools Teach Community Living

Posted by Edith On July 17th

In Montessori schools, we believe that a strong community is at the heart of a productive learning process. Our community is made up of students, teachers, and parents, and we aim for this network to be as warm and supportive as possible.

This is the tenth of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms, a free Montessori eBook that can be downloaded from our website.

How is our community different from traditional classrooms? Because we offer a multi-age-level approach to learning, students remain with a single teacher for three years. This allows strong bonds to form between the teacher and child, and between the teacher and the child’s parents. The teacher is able to understand and appreciate a child’s learning patterns and interests.

Just as importantly, children come to know the other members of their class on a deep and personal basis. This forms tight bonds and helps foster a sense of collaboration that is at the heart of the Montessori experience. These relationships between students encourage group work and learning, problem solving and sharing. We emphasize respect within this community — children are discouraged from raising their voices or using hurtful behavior. We like considerate, courteous manners and a willingness to help.

Montessori students are encouraged to care for their community. They help keep the classroom tidy and well-organized, they make sure the outdoor spaces around the school are litter-free, they water plants and care for pets in the classroom. We believe that by teaching community stewardship skills early, children will mature to become good stewards of their own wider communities.

Want to raise your child in a warm, supportive community where they can productively learn? Are you in San Diego? Come to Chula Vista for a free tour of our bilingual preschool & kindergarten.

-Edith

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