Remember the days your house is filled with clutter or you visit an overbearing relative, or the time your parents restricted you from doing something? How did you feel then?
The point I’m trying to make is, one cannot flourish, work with purpose or think effectively in an environment we don’t feel completely comfortable of free in. Now that we have established that the child flourishes in a rich environment that she explores and learns from, herself, we realise that the child, a lot like adults needs freedom. Guided freedom or freedom within a framework of limits.Freedom and discipline are two sides of the same coin, and scientific freedom invariably leads to discipline.
“To let the child do as he likes, when he has not yet developed any powers of control, is to betray the idea of freedom.”Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
We do a great disservice to the developing child if we do’t provide her, some clear boundaries within which she can explore freedom.… Click to read the restContinue reading →