Understanding the differences in unkind behavior versus bullying (intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power) can be challenging, but is important when it comes to how to support your child. This brief article outlines some important distinctions and offers book recommendations for all age groups.
“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.”
-DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
The good news? You have picked a Montessori school! At Jarrow, how we treat ourselves and each other is just as important as math and literacy. Adults trained in understanding social development in children are wonderful guides for students as they navigate friendships, conflict, and collaboration.
By creating respectful, inclusive classrooms, celebrating diversity in all its forms, crossing cultural boundaries, and modeling engaged citizenry, Montessori educators nurture students who will transform the world and make it a better place for their generation and the generations that follow.
Dr. Montessori believed each generation of children brings renewed hope for a more peaceful world… As children move from respecting their physical space to respectful collaboration, from projecting their own desires for peace and social justice to leading that change, they will come to understand that conflict is an opportunity for growth and understand their own potential for leadership. This is the essence of Montessori and can be found in the design of the materials and the prepared environment.