Value of Social Skills in Montessori

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“The child in the Montessori school is not isolated, he is a microcosm of the Human Society, the ideal reality of this society lies in the Unity and Coherence, respect and love.” The Child, Society, and the World – Dr Maria Montessori In light of the above quote, discuss the value of the social skills in the Montessori school and give the example of experiences, which would help the child acquire understanding and respect for the others. Introduction “An isolated individual cannot develop his individuality. He must put himself in relationship with his environment and within the reach of the events and the life of his times.”, Child’s Instinct to Work, Maria…show more content…
Knowledge and development of social skills make a child understand the meaning of ‘self’. The child understands what it means to be a ‘person’ and have social responsibilities, such as greeting others on meeting. • Develop the independence skills. Being able to walk confidently, eat food at the table, use the toilet, wear clothes, greet others, and ask for help etc helps in developing the sense of independence. This also helps in building self-confidence. • Develop the trust in the people and the environment. When a child sees that a person is graceful and polite, the child finds it easy to trust that person. • Ability to fit in the social environment is another benefit of learning social skills. With these skills, the child can adjust in any social environment. • Self-discipline is one of the most important outcomes of learning social skills. Knowing that you need to behave only in a certain way in a certain condition helps in development of discipline in the child. For example, a child goes with his/her parents for dinner at somebody’s place. The child was taught by parents and in school that you should always ask for permission from the host before using the toilet or touching anything in the host’s house. This knowledge keeps the child disciplined. • Acquire the knowledge of appropriate and specific social behaviours. The child understands the difference between right and wrong. The child also learns how to behave appropriately
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