Besides general education through courses like math, science, and language, a child attending Montessori Kindergarten classes also learns valuable social skills. The social skills will grow with the child and set up a foundation to use and build off of for the rest of their lives.
Learn about the social skills taught at a Montessori School and ways your child will grow their skills through their Kindergarten classroom learning.
- Small Group Play
On paper, a Montessori school may seem like the environment focuses too much on independent play and learning. Children are encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace. While these aspects are important, fostering independence often leads to smaller group play where a child interacts with one or two other children at the same time.
The small interactions will naturally help build social skills. In a classroom where a child interacts with the whole class, the experience could be overwhelming and cause anxiety. The larger class setting allows a child to easily retreat and avoid social interaction.
Through one-on-one play, a child builds confidence, communication skills, and can effectively build on their social skills. As the child develops relationships with other people in their class, the social skills will only improve and help build a strong foundation. Each day a child may interact with different children in the class and expand on the learning experience.
- Circle Time
Along with the small group play, each day at a Montessori Kindergarten often focuses on a circle time activity. The circle time offers a way to build social skills in a slightly larger group. The circle time is not too long and will not overwhelm a child. A child will naturally build the skills needed to communicate and gain the confidence to participate in a variety of activities.
The circle time may include answering questions, telling stories, or participating in a variety of songs. At first, the circle time may feel intimidating for a child, but as they grow skills and comfort in the classroom, the time will be an ideal way to hone in on their social skills and really expand them for larger group settings.
- Respect and Communication
Proper communication goes a long way in building the social skills needed to express feelings and wants within a child. Many Montessori schools focus on respectful communication practices to build the social skills needed to talk to adults and authority figures.
Part of the focused learning will include making eye contact with the instructors and using courtesy words including thank you. When a child uses the words everyday while in class, the speaking patterns will become a natural part of their interactions both inside and outside the classroom.
Speaking respectfully towards others helps build proper social skills and allows a child to thrive through all their learning experiences. The eye contact will help reinforce a confidence when they speak and allow children to connect to others through conversation.
- Mixed Ages
Some Montessori classrooms have mixed ages. When all of the children in a classroom are the same age, many of them are on the same social level. If some older children are present in the room, a child has the chance to observe and learn proper social interactions from children who already have the foundation.
Younger children will often look up to older kids and the mixed ages help create a variety of social interactions. When the older children have already gone through the Montessori learning process, the children will showcase natural ways to speak and communicate in the classroom setting.
For more information on our Montessori Kindergarten program, contact us at Miniapple International Montessori School. Our experienced teachers will guide you through the classroom setting and ways we work on social skills naturally through the school year.