Each classroom environment is prepared with purposeful tools and resources to help guide the child’s innate desire to learn and grow, while the adults work to not be an obstacle in their path. The adults in the classroom are present to show the children how to use the tools and resources and then serve as a support for the children as they fill their curiosities and build their skills. Sometimes the adults are found in the classroom sitting, watching, and listening, which are all parts of the constant observation. Through observation, we are able to witness reactions to processes and other people and possibly even motivation for making decisions. We strive to foster an atmosphere of independence and motivation for their own learning that they can take with them as they enter other environments.
The children have the opportunity to use their experience to serve as leaders and teachers for others within the classroom. This is where the importance of the three year cycle comes to fruition as each child truly owns his education and culminates all his preparation when he is able to share it with others. By teaching others, the child truly embraces the process of learning. Each year a new group of leaders is handed the responsibility within the classroom and year after year we see those children rise up to the role in every program.
The current groups of classroom leaders will be celebrated by our End of the Year Ceremonies on Thursday, May 25. We invite our Fox Valley Montessori School community to come witness the joy of these children’s journeys, from 6 year old Primary children to students moving to Upper Elementary to our oldest students who have completed the journey through the school and are moving on to entirely new environments. Watch for more details so you can join us.