Freedom Within Limits in a Beverly Montessori
The Montessori Method is based on a simple fact – children learn best when they are given the freedom to do so, but within certain parameters. At first, this may seem strange to parents and especially those who think a lack of rules can lead to misbehavior.
However, the Montessori Method is based on freedom within limits and curbs a child’s natural exuberance and redirects it towards productive work. It embraces the notion that children are natural explorers who are capable of learning by themselves in the right environment.
This environment includes logical activities, child-friendly workspaces and low shelves, which encourage children to participate. By allowing children to freely move around the classroom, rather than remain at their desks (such as in traditional preschool and kindergarten settings), children can choose classwork they are comfortable doing. This curbs frustration, which can otherwise lead to misbehavior.
The benefits of this approach are enormous – if you accept the fact children cannot control their emotions, unless they are allowed to understand them. Since children are not forced to learn skills and subjects they are not ready for, they readily embrace the learning experience.
This is what Council Oak Montessori is all about. At Council Oak Montessori, teachers have a defined curriculum each child is expected to master. However, it is spread over three (3) years rather than a single year and children can learn at their own pace. For instance, each week, children agree to a ‘work contract’ with their teacher that outlines the work they need to complete until the end of the week. The work is usually done in four (4) days and the remaining three (3) focus on areas children are most interested in. If you live in or near Beverly, visit Council Oak Montessori and see the great work the school is doing.