Just about every activity in a Montessori classroom has two purposes: one direct and the other indirect. While the direct goal aims at providing the child with a skill he can use in the present, the indirect goal focuses on abilities he will put to good use later in life. This is one of the geniuses of the Montessori method: Use the child’s current interests to help him develop future abilities in a way that respects his psychological needs and physiological abilities.
My new article on www.MariaMontessori.com follows three-year old Wyatt and his parents as they experience one of the myriad benefits of a quality Montessori education. Enjoy!