The Montessori Premises
Because the Montessori philosophy is built on the idea that children think on a fundamentally different level than adults, it is able to cater to each child’s learning, analyzing how the child is progressing as a whole through observation instead of quantifying their knowledge on specific subjects. In this way, the Montessori premises are built to help children grow into successful adults that are unique, passionate about learning and the world around them, and always looking for new ways to solve the problems they face.
While we understand that children think and react differently than adults and so they should be taught differently as well, part of the premises of a Montessori education is that we still respect their unique individuality. Their age-specific sensitivities as well as their intellectual abilities are far different from ours as adults in many ways, and we cater specifically to these qualities. In addition, it has been shown that the most essential years in a child’s growth and education are the first six, even more of a reason to ensure that the method of education used is specifically tailored to their unique personhood.
Children need purposeful work. Unlike adults, they do an activity for the activity in itself, not to finish it. This is a remarkable tool that can inspire a love for learning itself, not simply getting a good grade, which will carry a child to adulthood with success. However, if this quality is stifled instead of nurtured, with an intent focus on grades and quantitative analysis, then the child will learn to resent school and education instead of loving of even appreciating it. That is why Montessori teachers are trained to encourage, to help children embrace their love of learning while guiding them to growth.