Children are capable of initiating their own learning without the need for the adult to tell them what to do. The carefully prepared Montessori environment allows for them to be able to explore and perfect these skills. There is an uninterrupted 3-hour work cycle, during which the child can be completely absorbed in the material they are working with, without the fear of being told to pack away as time is up. As the child moves from the first plane of development, into the second plane of development, they pass from the concrete into the more abstract where application of real life experiences starts to come into play. Starting in a Montessori school at an early age is of great importance when it comes to developing the child’s coordination, sense of order, concentration and independence. Montessori children enjoy “freedom within limits”, limits are set by the Directress and the students are involved in deciding what their focus of learning will be. As the Montessori child matures, they look more critically at their work, self-correcting and learning from their own mistakes.
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