With a natural curiosity, children are active learners. The Montessori learning environment provides children with a multi-age experience. The different ages are within a three-year span. The purpose is to provide children the necessary skills to become an independent adult. Along with fostering each child’s inner curiosity for learning, each student gains valuable leadership skills.
Children and Leadership
Both parents and instructors can introduce leadership qualities in children. With a multi-age learning environment, younger children naturally navigate toward older students within in the classroom. The process allows for the older children to foster leadership skills. The collaboration among the different age groups allows all students to work together in a cooperative effort toward specific end goals. The Montessori methods further build upon the different skill levels. The characteristics eventually expand a child’s leadership role as a member in the classroom, local community, and global effort.
Respect and Responsibility
Within the classroom, mutual respect and responsibility are key characteristics for learning leadership roles at a young age. Showing by example, the teacher respects each child as an individual. With the evaluation of the child’s interests, the teacher will continue to provide learning tools to aid in the intellectual, emotional and moral development.
With the Montessori principles, children realize the learning resources set by the teacher are valuable for growth. The child respects the teacher as the person for providing the tools to learn. At the same time, the child learns responsibility for taking part in each learning activity. Transforming the classroom into a trustworthy environment, all students will benefit from the unique learning experience.
Independence and Self-discipline
In the Montessori setting, each child has the freedom to make choices as part of the learning process. The initial choice may result in failures. The mistake allows for a learning opportunity. As a result, the child learns self-discipline. Aiding in the development of the child, the process promotes intellectual, social and physical skills. The valuable skills are an important part for instilling leadership qualities.
Developing the individual student provides the essentials for being a key contributor in a collaboration for a team or project. The key component in developing independent qualities for leadership roles. With self-discipline and responsibility experience, students develop a positive self-image contributing to higher self-esteem. Learning the skills at a young age actually sets the groundwork for future success in higher education and employment opportunities.
All parents want the best for their children. Fostering leadership skills at a younger age can set a foundation for future academic growth. If you would like to learn more about the importance of leadership skills in children, please contact any one of our Bay Area Montessori Schools for a tour. Answering all your questions and addressing any concerns, the knowledgeable instructors and staff will show you our child-centered learning environment.