- Independence: Children that pass through a Montessori education are usually very independent and they develop concentration, inner discipline, internalisation of learning and metacognition. The children are self-directed and independent.
- Confidence and Competence: confidence is built upon success; Montessori children have a “can do” mentality because the Montessori environment creates many opportunities for success. Mistakes are viewed as valuable stepping stones and children develop perseverance and they show unusual competence.
- Montessori environments foster collaboration and autonomy.
- Intrinsic Motivation: Montessori children are self-motivated individuals, they can work without an external authority telling them what to do.
- Social Responsibility: Montessori instils in children a sense of giving back, an awareness of the importance of making a contribution to other people as well as being contributed to by them. This is the idea that all of us have an obligation to be of help in the world, to make the world a better place and this involves philanthropy, giving of resources, time, concern, compassion, social justice and social action. Our children to grow up thinking that it’s really important to create equitable societies, to take care of one another, to create a world that is fair and balanced and a world that is in partnership with all the life forms and all the peoples on the earth in such a way that we can sustain our cultures and our relationships down through the centuries. They imbibe the idea that we are part of the earth and we have to live in harmony with it.
- Academic Excellence: Academic excellence happens to be a by-product of the Montessori approach– an effort to instil in a child a sense of wonder, enjoyment of learning, a real habit of doing things really well, a habit of excellence. Montessori education produces a child who is not only culturally literate but who is intellectually vibrantly alive who has many interests and who is a widely read and very deep thinking individual
- Spiritual Awareness – Montessori children are usually very compassionate and aware of the needs of other humans.
- Global Citizenship – Our children become educated to know about the peoples of the world, the cultures of the world, the history of the world. The idea ultimately creates someone who feels connected to other people; other people in the classroom, in the family, in the school, in the community, in the country you live in and to all of humanity. From an intellectual perspective, we are talking about the study of ecology and international relations and multiculturalism and the opposite of racism and an awareness of how all things on this planet and how all peoples on this planet have been influenced by one another and are being influenced by one another – how we are all interdependent.
- Creativity and Original thinking: Montessori children tend to think “outside the box” and they can come up with creative solutions to problems.
- Timeless value system: Montessori children imbibe unchanging values, those values that are held by most civilizations in the world throughout history. These are honourable universal values which transcend religion, race and country of origin and they are enduring down through the centuries. The values of integrity, saying what you mean, being honest, being non-violent, having empathy for others, being courageous (courage to follow your own dreams and to think for yourself), community, social skills, compassion, friendship.
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