Observing Montessori Tides upper-elementary students at work is extremely fascinating.
On this particular day, I observed two children explore together the area of triangle and how it is half the area of a rectangle. They had to learn the formula for the area of a triangle and found the areas of the triangles.
In this picture, you can see the students are working parallel, sharing materials, yet working completely independently. Only checking in with each other if they need help. This program is purposed to hit all standard for grade level and follow Montessori curriculum at the child’s own pace.
In contrast to other schools, a child’s body is restful and peaceful. Their mind is engaged and controlled. They are confident and secure; in all they do. They share knowledge with one another rather than receiving instruction solely from a teacher. When education makes the heart of the child a priority, in the way Montessori displays, this tending of the heart enables the child to live and grow in both academics and life skills. Ultimately developing the whole being of the child naturally.
Perhaps, my scope has been enlarged, since the things I see have come out of my own personal early Montessori education, living out Montessori beyond a school, as a daughter of a Montessori Toddler Director, and a mother who has sought a better way to raise her children. In all, most gleaning up until this point come from observing Montessori Tides students and listening to the response of Montessori Tides Directresses.
When I take a moment and reflect over this time I’m struck by the benefits of learning and teaching in this whole Montessori sphere. To solely look through the lens of a Montessori child though, I see Montessori is not a philosophy to them, or a religion, or any other form for that matter. Its depth has no boundary because it’s alive within them.
So what is Montessori for the child? A gift revealing who they are! Something a child will carry with them the rest of their life. For once, a gift that truly keeps on giving. Fascinating, indeed!