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Montessori Schools Encourage Social Classrooms

Posted by Edith On March 17th

The Montessori approach believes that children learn best in a social environment.

Montessori classroom meets outside to hatch butterflies

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

We think that a comfortable classroom filled with developmentally appropriate materials open to exploration is the best way to encourage each child’s unique development. Children are born with individual personalities and these personalities develop and grow as they interact with others, especially other children.

In the Montessori classroom, young learners spend much of their day socializing with other students. This helps them grow both their interpersonal skills and independence.

How is this social classroom achieved? Through something we call “liberty within limits.” While children are free to explore and learn from a variety of activities, they are not permitted to run wild. We foster grace and courtesy in all our students, and we encourage them to use “please” and “thank you” as they socialize with others in the classroom setting.

Students can work together in small groups at the learning stations throughout the classroom, and everyone gathers together in a large group for circle time. During this activity, children share stories about their own lives and learn how to listen to both the other students and the teacher with respect and consideration.

Other large group activities that call for socializing include singing, dancing, and playing games together.

Want to learn more? Get answers to all your frequently asked questions about our Montessori program for children in San Diego county.

~Edith

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