Child-Centered Learning

A freely chosen piece of work adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities, ultimately leading to self-mastery.  ~Maria Montessori

“Help me to do it by myself” is the Montessori child’s goal.  In every Montessori classroom there is an area devoted to “practical life” activities: preparing food; opening and closing fasteners from buttons to bows to buckles to velcro; washing tables; animal and plant care.  Children learn how to take care of themselves, and gain a sense of self-confidence and mastery in practicing.