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Why Montessori? Purposeful Work
Categories: Dr. Montessori / General Knowledge Fund / The Montessori Difference

This post continues Mrs. Rogers’s “Why Montessori?” series. Please read her introductory post HERE, especially if you’re a current parent of a Wheaton Montessori School student!

Why Montessori? Purposeful Work

Measuring and planning for our new office space allowed these elementary students to be a part of our expansion, use math skills in a practical setting, and provide a great amount of help to the office staff.

Maria Montessori was educated and trained as a physician. Throughout her long life, she remained fascinated with her observations of human health. The work she offered her students was always purposeful, and it always involved the coordinated work of mind and body. Montessori understood that a strong mind paired with strong hands led to optimum development of a child’s intelligence. This was true with her first students, and it remains true today.

Students in Montessori classrooms have daily opportunities to select their work. Children may repeat the tasks as often as they desire, until the task is mastered. Work chosen independently and repeated without interruption often leads to deep concentration. Montessori’s ability to cultivate and protect the concentration of young children through their purposeful work remains on of her most significant contributions to the education of young people.

After working on a task, this child completes her “scrubbing work,” which teaches her not only the “how” of cleaning, but the lesson of independence and self-sufficiency as well.

Please check back for the remainder of Mrs. Rogers’s series, expanding on the following key aspects of “Why Montessori?”: