How Montessori speaks about ‘Child’s Play’
The idea of ‘play’ is often misunderstood or dismissed as meaningless, lacking a practical purpose or serious learning objectives. Witness an athlete playing a sport or a musician playing a note and we can attest that ‘play’ can be much more.
Dr. Maria Montessori observed the spontaneous activity of the children in her care. She watched as they followed their interests, practiced social and emotional skills, flexed their imaginations, and solved problems. She saw something very serious and practical, that led to high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction.
She observed this ‘child’s play’ and honoured it with the term work.
At OMS, we enrich each classroom with authentic Montessori materials for children to choose their work and to find their full potential.
Whether it’s collaborative or independent play, there is enjoyment to be found in every learning opportunity.
Our natural playground environment inspires play, giving children space to explore, imagine, and create within the safe and secure environment of our spacious, tree-lined playground.
The Montessori child at OMS is very serious about their enjoyment in their work. Our focus is on the quality of the child’s engagement which transfers to the child’s optimal development.