Independence in Montessori
Independence is indeed one of the cornerstones of the Montessori pedagogy.
In a Montessori classroom, we meet the need expressed in this sentence: “Help me do it myself”, which leads the child to a greater level of independence.
When a child arrives at the children’s home, it is much more important to show him/her how to become independent than to put the emphasis on academic activities.
Knowing how to put on a coat or pour water into a glass is far more important than counting to ten for a three-year-old child.
We are focusing on practical life activities which support independence, not only from a physical point of view but also from the psychological and emotional perspective.
These activities help the child to think and act for himself and prepare the child to become a contributing independent member to his world.
And we don’t put the emphasis on independence so children will grow up as fast as possible. We do this because children love it. Raising independent children makes sense.
Children want to be able to do more, to contribute, to be part be of their family or classroom.
Through independence, the child learns how to be responsible for caring for himself, others and the environment.