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EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Today seems to be such a totally different world from what has ever been. Things that used to work are not what we want today, but old truths seem to be more true now than ever before. For our children, whose worlds will be even more different, these formative years are the times that set thinking patterns and coping skills. No system of education works better than Montessori. The education for life that is inherent in the Montessori classroom begins with the basic premise that no person can educate another. Each of us has inside ourselves the drive to search for the skills and knowledge we need to accomplish our life purpose, the little child most of all.

For the youngest child, small brooms and dustpans are available in the practical life area of a Montessori classroom to develop manual dexterity and concentration. Tiny spoons enable the child to practice over and over a difficult tool manipulation. Tiny pitchers enable the child to pour from one container to another, understanding gravity and the concept that volume does not change regardless of its shape. The hand literally becomes an instrument of the child’s mind. In the sensorial area, the child learns to isolate senses of sound, touch, and smell, those senses that are our input for knowledge. The child learns depth perception and sequencing.

As the child matures and becomes aware of other children beginning the fascinating study of mathematics, the child wants to manipulate the spindle box and cards and counters. That innate drive to understand what others know rises naturally in the ungraded classroom, and the child eagerly asks for a lesson in the bead material. The rich variety of in Montessori invites the child into sink-and-float concepts or magnetic and non-magnetic. That vital ability of being able to think critically for oneself evolves from the child’s own observations about how an item floats on the surface or sinks to the bottom. He observes for himself that the cylinders fit only one way into the block of knobbed cylinders. As the child begins to explore her world, concepts such as island, continent, and Asia become something she thinks she has always known because it came so naturally and easily in Montessori during a “sensitive period”.

If you’ve been at the school for a while, you may think all programs do these things. Tain’t so, Magee. And at some point, probably during adolescence, you’ll find yourself debating some pretty fundamental value questions with your critically thinking child. Somewhere in your inner being, you’ll be thrilled that your child has at some point learned to direct her own efforts, to think for himself, and to go forward purposefully; that, in fact, your child is educated for life.

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