Not too long ago, someone in a Montessori group I'm in asked if Montessori children ever smile. At first thought, I was kind of taken aback by the question. Of course Montessori children smile! But, then I thought about it. I think Montessori children are often pictured in those moments of intense concentration and work. They often have that stoic look that accompanies their work.
But that really is unfair to these children. Because after that concentration, there is great joy. The joy that is seen when a child makes a discovery on their own with work that has been freely chosen is contagious. It can literally light up a room.
So know that there is room for silliness in Montessori. There is room for imagination. There is room for smiles and joy! Even if its not shown all the time, it is there all the time. These flashes of wonderfulness that show you just how engaged and invested these children are. You just need to sit back and watch. Let those discoveries come. And the joy will follow.
Nora explores play silks. These are handmade by my lovely friend Amy at Midwest Montessori.
Have you ever seen this joy? Have you seen the silly?
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