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The Method
Adult do things very quicky, quicker than a child. When introducing a new activity to a child, speed has to be considered and the activity has to be demonstrated very slowly for the child to understand. If the activity is appealing, the child may take over and continue on her own for as long as she wants to. When a child learns something new and exciting she can concentrate deeply. The staff make sure that children are allowed to concentrate without interference from other children. When the child wants to wrap up an activity she is taught to place the material back on the shelves where it belongs in order for other children to find it easily.

“Help me to do it myself” is a quote by Maria Montessori that we often refer to when speaking of the method.

It is important to let the child continue the activity on her own as soon as possible, and let her find her way alone but provide help when necessary.

The Montessori method shows us that:

  • Children have the ability to concentrate when they find a task interesting.

  • If children learn something interesting, they take the initiative to repeat the activity several times.

  • Deep concentration and countless repetitions do not tire children, instead they increase their energy.

  • When tasks are adapted to the childs level, learning happens surprisingly easily.

  • Children’s spontaneous desire to work increases when they can decide what they want to do.