Studying the Works of Montessori - The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 16: From Unconscious to Conscious Worker
Around the age of three, the child undergoes a major shift from unconscious to conscious development. He moves from being dependent on adults to wanting to be independent. The young child who just yesterday allowed us to choose his clothes and dress him, now boldly states, “I can do it myself.” Montessori says that “there is much danger of the adult destroying what nature is trying to do.” (Montessori, p. 166) When faced with the developing will of the child, adults often try to assert the same control they had previously, often with surprising results. “If he feels oppressed by the adult, he can protest in words, he can run away, or play pranks. … What he wants to do is master his environment, finding therein the means for his development.” (Montessori, p. 166–7)
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 5, 2014.