INDEPENDENCE. In Montessori, that’s a word we write in all caps—because it is that important.
Independence matters—because being able to do things by yourself, without help from a parent or teacher hovering nearby, and knowing you can do it, is the foundation for earned confidence. Trying something, failing, learning from mistakes, getting better through your own efforts, and achieving mastery autonomously helps children develop a can-do attitude.
Independence matters—because it is through using their body to achieve their goals—to drink out of a cup, to button their jacket or tie their shoes, to climb a tree or ride a bike—that children develop gross and fine motor skills they need as children to do well in school and as adults to have access to any career that requires dexterity (think everything from chef to fashion designer, from scientist to surgeon).
Independence is woven into everything we do at Montessori Academy Idaho. Here are a few select examples, from infancy through elementary, of how our students develop independence and the active, can-do attitude it delivers.
In our Montessori infant room, passive toys are thoughtfully selected to foster active exploration. Infants engage with their environment, strengthening their cognitive and physical capacities. Our Montessori Nidos (Italian for “Nest”) embrace visual stimulation, enriching language models, and emphasize active communication between teachers and infants.
Toddlerhood is when the seeds of independence truly blossom. We guide children in mastering self-care tasks like dressing themselves. The Montessori throw technique empowers toddlers to don their jackets independently. Dressing Frames teach clothing closures, facilitating self-reliance in clothing management. Classroom engagement, such as setting tables and preparing food for meals, instills coordination and life skills.
Primary Years (Preschool/Kindergarten)
Independence extends to plant care, fostering environmental responsibility and personal pride. As children care for classroom plants, they cultivate an appreciation for their surroundings. Preparing food, repairing clothing, and engaging in household tasks instill self-sufficiency that extends into adulthood. Seeing the pride on the face of one preschooler when she threads her needle is all the evidence you’ll need to see just how much confidence comes from these simple tasks!
Elementary years encompass broader horizons, with students planning their own “Going Outs” – educational excursions based on their interests. This practice instills research skills, organization, and the ability to navigate the world independently. Student-moderated class meetings nurture conflict resolution and community building. Autonomy in project choice and management promotes deep engagement and intellectual independence.
Montessori Nurtures Independent Thinkers
In Montessori, independence isn’t just a concept-it’s the embodiment of empowered, confident individuals ready to take on the challenges of the world. Montessori Academy Idaho is dedicated to fostering that independence from the earliest ages: we trust our students’ capabilities, providing a meticulously prepared environment that supports their growth. Our teachers act as guides and coach just enough to help them succeed. We hope you join us on this remarkable journey – and watch their confidence soar!