Greystone House Montessori Schools Houston, Texas. Child care Montessori provider in Champions, The Woodlands, Spring Texas Greystone House Montessori Schools Houston
Editorial Archives
Maria Montessori proposed that we could make peace by healing the wounds of the human heart and by producing a child who is independent, at peace with himself, and secure. She argued that a school carefully designed to meet the needs and interests of the child will work more effectively because it doesn’t contradict human nature. Montessori taught teachers to “follow the child” through careful observation, allowing each student to reveal her strengths and weaknesses, interests, and anxieties, and by using strategies that work best to facilitate development of the child's human potential. Four generations of parents have been amazed to see small children in Montessori classrooms cut raw fruits and vegetables, sweep and dust, carry pitchers of water and pour liquids with barely a drop spilled. The children normally go about their work so calmly and purposefully that it is clear to even the casual observer that they are the masters in their environment. They develop a sense of maturity and connectedness that helps them realize a much higher level of their potential as human beings.

For today’s children, this sense of connectedness is ever more important. The sense of community has all but disappeared from our children’s lives. Families regularly move from house to house and from town to town. Grandparents usually live in other cities or other states, both parents work, and when they are at home, they are very, very busy. Many children have the sense that they do not belong to anything or anybody. Studies on the moral and emotional development of children strongly suggest that a child’s sense of self and moral development are directly related. Children will normally grown up to be productive, happy, positive individuals if given the right emotional environment. It seems clear that our attitudes about people, the ability to overcome our tendency to be egocentric, our willingness to share, to compromise, to resolve conflicts nonviolently, and our ability to discover a basic sense of self-worth are qualities that human beings develop through years of experience with caring people, who convince us that we belong, and give us the opportunity to practice and master these skills of everyday living.

In the same way, respect breeds respect. Success in school is directly tied to the degree to which children believe that they are capable and independent human beings. By respecting children enough to allow them to develop a meaningful degree of independence and self-discipline, Montessori sets a pattern for a lifetime of good work habits and a sense of contribution to society.