Montessori education is one of the best ways to develop your child’s social skills. Dr Maria Montessori – the founder – placed a strong emphasis on social development when she designed Montessori Education.
Dr. Montessori believed the learning environment must be prepared to help the child transition into social life and the best way to teach a child social skills is to attract his/her attention to it.
In Montessori, social skills are not just about putting children together in a class and issuing them commands on what to do. A real practical social life is one where the child can demonstrate the discipline to work in an organised manner (alone or with others), to wait patiently for his/her turn, to offer help to others, and to adapt to any social circumstances.
Instilling independence in the child where he/she is encouraged to participate in activities alone is not meant to isolate the child from peers but to hone his/her personality and individuality. A confident and self-assured child will interact better with peers, teachers, and adults.
Montessori quality standards to develop social skills
Dr. Maria Montessori developed numerous standards to help develop social skills in the classroom. Many of these standards are practised by Montessori Schools in Perth including Casa Mia Montessori School.
Promoting courtesy is one of them. Children host guests and visitors to their classroom and learn how to converse with their peers and with adults.
Conflicts with peers/siblings are managed via the Montessori ‘peace table’. At the table, children express how they feel, negotiate, solve problems and resolve conflicts.
To promote sharing, the school runs fun activities that allow the children to prepare simple snacks to share. Teachers sometimes join the children at lunch to demonstrate good table manners.
Children at Montessori schools are also taught to respect one another’s personal space. They learn to respect others in the classroom and to wait patiently for their turn if another child is using a learning tool.
The open and free-flow spaces encourage the children to move freely and to interact with other children of different ages. Montessori classrooms are absent of unhealthy competition. Instead, the children are more likely to cooperate and help one another. Small group activities provide opportunities for the individual child to offer ideas and to engage in discussion.
Casa Mia Montessori School offers some of the best Montessori Education in Perth. We use all of the above standards and others to help our students develop good manners, active listening skills (to resolve conflict), and cultural empathy. Our students are good communicators. They understand their roles in the community and their contribution as future citizens, workers, and leaders.