As Montessori teachers we are often asked about a child’s progress especially when there are few papers and no tests. Our evaluation of a child’s ability and development come from a keen sense of observation.
We observe children while they are working, in-between works, at circle, while lining up, and even during snack time. We observe without judgment, without interfering while giving them time to figure things out for themselves.
With so much focus today on academic achievement, there is pressure on even our youngest members of society to perform to certain levels. In Montessori schools, we have faith in children to develop and unfold into the person they will become. Our job as adults is to help with the unfolding of that spirit, by honoring all aspects of the child.
I encourage all of you to take time and just observe your child. If you want more direction on how to do this, please do not hesitate to contact us.