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The Role of Social Interaction in a Child’s Development

Human beings are naturally social creatures, and children are no exception to that. Though they may be wary of others at the start, getting your child comfortable with social interaction offers a huge benefit to their development. They will develop greater self-esteem, improve their social and language skills, and learn to understand concepts better.

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No classroom better prepares your child for their future than a Montessori classroom. In these classrooms, children are encouraged to work together with their peers. This involves group tables and sitting areas where children can talk or interact with learning materials and each other. They can tell stories, show off their creations or knowledge, and make friends as a way to develop their skills.

Develop Language and Social Skills

When it comes to learning a language, repetition is key. As children are learning their native languages from scratch, the more often they can use their speech the better it will be! By encouraging social interaction, children are more likely to talk to each other and practice their communication. As they get more comfortable talking, they are able to express themselves better and have conversations with peers. This helps to improve their social skills and encourages them to make friends.

Reinforce Information by Repeating It

Children gain a better understanding of information as they form more or greater connections with it. Through their senses of hearing and speech, they can articulate concepts aloud. This allows for them to hear the information they or their peer are sharing and talk about it, utilizing 2 additional senses as compared to just reading it. Thanks to the hands-on emphasis Montessori classrooms encourage, they can also enlist “touch” by interacting with any of the learning materials related to the lesson.

Friendships Increase Self-Esteem

More social interaction leads to better social skills, which leads to more friends. Children with more friends are likely to develop greater self-esteem because they feel accepted and more comfortable around familiar faces. Children can also relate better to people their age, which makes social interaction easier with friends than others. They learn from their friends, and by learning they gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Parents often worry about unconventional schooling leading to social issues like anxiety and a lack of social skills. However, a Montessori education is not home schooling! Montessori classrooms actually encourage social interaction and help children develop better social skills than standard classrooms, making them a great option for raising a well rounded child.

January 9th, 2018

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