How often has your child asked why, and after you provided an answer, you discover the truth is different? The more we discover, collaborate, and research, the more our truths are shadowed and question marks are placed on what we thought was true. At my age, this is an exhausting thought. At a child’s’ age, this is an inviting reality.
What an opportune time it is to be young and on the cutting edge of learning opportunities! And, even more importantly, how wonderful it is that Montessori teachers embrace knowledge as dynamic and ever-changing. They invite children’s’ questions and observe their actions and responses with intent. They guide children’s curiosity and allow them to experience real-life processes, so important in the development of a mind that can think and discover.
Although all children must memorize facts and practice routines, the Montessori method emphasizes concrete experiential learning opportunities that assist children to communicate, collaborate, innovate, and question. Children thrive when given these opportunities, now more than ever. They gain the tools to navigate life’s most complex issues and will lead with confidence in this dynamic world, filled with endless opportunities and problems to solve.
Isn’t it fortuitous that the Montessori method rejects the notion that static rote learning and comparison scores reflect one’s potential? The method honors one’s ability to become a self-directed learner, who questions, discovers, and invites new information day-in and day-out. Montessori teachers provide experiences and practice that open doors to life-long learning, innovation, experimentation and discovery. The Montessori teachers are keen observers and have a dynamic curriculum that allows them to adjust their plans for the students to meet the ever-changing dynamics of the child’s needs and changes in our Society.