A child grows physically, emotionally, mentally, and most importantly, naturally. To facilitate a child’s growth, he must be in an environment that encourages exploration, ingenuity and excitement. Growth is something that is progressive but not necessarily in a neat predictable line. There are times of mountain peaks of excitement and other quieter valleys for integration. Understanding this cycle is fascinating to watch over a lifetime. A single pink cube can hold much fascination and imagination all on its own in a Montessori primary class, but at some point becomes a sequence of weights and measures and eventually a mathematical equation. Letters are initially symbols made tactile with sandpaper or assembled as a moveable alphabet to create sounds, words until a child squeals with delight: “I can read!” That same enthusiasm and sense of empowerment comes with digesting a difficult passage of Shakespeare: “I understand!” From realizing that a swing gives you flight to developing the coordination to shoot a bulls eye, we grow with confidence and assurance, and develop our innate ability to be our very best selves.
We, at Montessori, celebrate a child’s growing and create the needed environments for each stage of their development. In this hectic age, providing “sacred space” for this development to take place is critical.