Children must love everything they learn
because their mental and emotional growth
are intimately linked.
“The child should not fit in with the environment. Rather, we should adapt the environment to suit the child” – this is one of Maria Montessori’s principles. Children internalise the world as they experience it, effectively grasping it with their very hands. Extensive materials are available to the child during the free work sessions. This means that the child is free to take the steps necessary to further their own personal and educational development. Workshops in our country house, as well as time spent in the library and on excursions, also provide the child with the space they need to understand the world in a practical way.
Parents are welcome to get involved, and can even arrange to sit in on a lesson.
Free work – independence calls for self-discipline
Free work is an efficient way of teaching children autonomy.
The pupils themselves decide what they will work on. In the reception stage,
they do so intuitively, with guidance from the teacher where necessary.
After the child has cleared away the work materials, they record their activities in the
daily log. This is taken a step further in the primary stage:
At the start of the week, pupils create their own individual weekly plan, based on the learning plan on display.
This plan is confirmed by the teachers in charge.