A multitude of Montessori educators share a conviction that success in school is directly tied to the extent to which children believe they are capable and independent children. Montessori educators also agree education needs not to be imposed on the child. When given a learning environment, in the way Montessori has shown, the child will be free to act and to develop along the lines of following their own inner direction. A liberating component necessary for the development of their character. Remember, what a child can be is weighed by the foundation displayed in the early years, a time that needs not to be wasted, for their capacities are almost limitless. This is also why Montessori Tides authentic prepared environment is a favored learning environment for toddlers.
In a Montessori Tides classroom there are some basic ground rules about behavior and tidiness, but beyond these toddlers are free to choose whatever activity they wish, and to work with it as long as they see fit. They are free to move about and work alone or with others. Much of the time toddlers select work that captivates their interest, although teachers will intervene when necessary to help choose activities that will present new challenges and greater areas of research. When they are done with an activity, toddlers are shown how to put materials back where they belong. In essence, they are taught to navigate their own direction. As a result, children develop an acute degree of independence setting a pattern for a lifetime of good work habits, self discipline, and sense of responsibility.
Likewise, such guidelines easily adapt to the home. By creating an inviting but orderly space for your toddler to work and play freely, in collaboration with Montessori Tides toddler program, your child’s confidence and independence will flourish.