Elementary children who have been nurtured in the Primary classroom have an obvious and similar background with the other children in the elementary classroom of being treated with respect and honor, and have developed into confident and competent learners from the aid and support of the Primary Program.
Observers will notice in the Primary classroom, a child seems to work mostly parallel to his peers, each on their own individual activity in order to concentrate best. Elementary children, however, are entering a new period in their life and have a strong drive to be social and collaborate.
Elementary Children Work Collaboratively and Cooperatively
For this reason, most lessons and research projects in the elementary classroom are done in pairs or groups of children.
Each day, the community setting of the elementary classroom allows the children to practice social skills necessary to carry out their task by: delegating work, sharing resources and materials, making group decisions, taking responsibility for actions, and celebrating the success of peers. On the other hand, conflict is not uncommon, but the motivation to resolve it comes from the children. Ms. Nancy, however, models and guides constructive and respectful problem solving options.
In the video below, two students discuss the Conflict Cube option. If you are unable to view the embedded video below, click here.
Learning to collaboratively and cooperatively work within a classroom community adds countless value to the child’s education. Montessori is providing the child significant life lessons with practical application for the home and in the “real world” of high school, college, future career and marriage. The Montessori environment is an aid to life.
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