fbpx
Search
Close this search box.

What is Independence?

In Montessori, and particularly Montessori in the home, the focus is often on fostering independence. We know we should support the child's independence, but why? What is it all about?

This is a guest blog post, republished from How We Montessori. Head to their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

In Montessori, and particularly Montessori in the home, the focus is often on fostering independence. We know we should support the child’s independence, but why? What is it all about?

The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind. Little he cares about the knowledge of others; he wants to acquire a knowledge of his own, to have experience of the world, and to perceive it by his own unaided efforts.
– Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind.

It’s about following the child, removing barriers and allowing them to reach their full potential. It’s not about comparing one child’s skills with another; it’s not about rushing or forcing the child to do something they are not ready for. What is independence?

Young child hangs up washing on a clothes line

Independence is:

  • A need, a natural urge, a vital life force, comes from an internal drive
  • Removing barriers (obstacles) to natural development
  • Always age-appropriate, starts from birth
  • Continuous activity, constant effort
  • Physical and spiritual
  • Skill development
  • Empowerment
  • Accomplishment
  • Self-satisfying
  • Self-actualization
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-expression
  • Freedom
  • Following the child
  • Observing the child to meet their developmental needs
  • A prepared environment
  • Trust in the child and trust in the environment
  • Confidence
  • Pride
  • Love
  • Respect
  • Growth
  • Individual
  • Dynamic

Independence is not:

  • Rushed, hurried
  • Forced
  • Static
  • Fast
  • Limited
  • Tidy or clean

Independence looks different in every home. Sometimes, it helps to think about why we want the child to achieve independence and why it is important to us. This may help us prioritise our work with our children!
Feature Image - Independence

Related Articles

Feature Image - Montessori Binomial Cube

Maths: The Binomial Cube Explained

This guest post has been republished from Montessori East. The Binomial Cube is one of those amazing Montessori materials. It introduces abstract maths concept to children as...

Read More
Feature Image - Independence

What is Independence?

In Montessori, and particularly Montessori in the home, the focus is often on fostering independence. We know we should support the child's independence, but why?...

Read More

MSCA is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
(ABN 42 636 033 899)