Is your child still dependent on you? Cannot do something on their own? Doesn’t care to do anything unless you’re there to help?
Then it looks like he still lacks confidence and courage to do things on his own. So, today I would like to introduce some educational methods on how to nurture a child’s autonomy.
Nurturing Autonomy through Montessori Education
What kind of child do I want my child to be in the near future?
The parent would answer “A gentle, smart, and a child who can think about others”. There many answers to this question. One of them is “I want my child to be an independent child”. Parents want their child to practice autonomy.
What is Autonomy?
Autonomy is the motivation to work voluntarily on doing anything, solving problems by themselves. It is also the responsibility of the parent on how the child obtains this autonomy. It could be achieved at some schools like Montessori Schools.
What is Montessori Education Method?
There are several famous methods of education in the world, but among them is the Montessori education where they have a reputation for nurturing autonomy. These schools practice autonomy or how to be independent. They let the children do things with less supervision. In the Philippines, there are many nursery schools and kindergartens that have practiced this teaching method.
The pillar of Montessori education is to respect the independence of children. The purpose of education is to draw out the living ability that the child originally has and to “cultivate autonomous children”. A teacher is a person who watches, guides and helps the child to achieve this.
These schools provide an environment where children can perform free activities, and teachers are characterized by supporting the children until he/she can do it alone.
In the field of Montessori education, we select teaching from the following viewpoints.
- Do things with less supervision
- Attractive teaching materials that children are interested in
In other schools, it seems interesting that teachers are interested in teaching while the children will only listen. It is said that in Montessori education children do voluntary learning using different things. It can be said that Montessori education put the top priority on children who says “I want to do! I want to do!”
Benefits of Increasing Autonomy
Acquiring Life Skills
It is important to think, select, solve and do things alone. By having this practice from childhood, the child’s power of survival, that is, “life skills” are cultivated.
Acquiring Social Skills
People have to live in society, so we need the ability to realize what we want to do while we get along with others. In this regard, in Montessori Education, children of 3 years of age are taking a mixed-age class system consisting of one class. Sociality and cooperation will also be refined by demonstrating autonomy in places where various children gather.
Learning Abacus can nurture child’s autonomy
It requires children interest and ability, this show that autonomy can be acquire not only in schools but also in doing Abacus lessons.
These are the following features in learning to nurture autonomy.
- Can advance at your own pace
- Can achieve your own goals step by step
- Children of various ages are learning together
- Facilitate expressing feelings of willingness
- Teacher guides and supervises
- Teachers are neither too close to nor too distant
Children are originally autonomous. The point is how to bring it up and use them to something of social significance. There are schools where children can practice autonomy. Examples are in Montessori schools and in Abacus schools. Is your child autonomous?
Reference: いしど式まとめ from ISHIDO-SHIKI JAPAN
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