The Montessori Minute: Collaboration

Why do children talk and work together? Wouldn’t it be better if they worked silently by themselves?

In addition to allowing children to practice and apply oral language skills, collaborative learning helps them develop social intelligence. In doing so, it guides their transition from being self-centered (egocentric) to becoming more empathic and sensitive to the needs of others. Children come to appreciate cultural diversity as well the broader understanding that comes from incorporating differing perspectives. At Mata, positive social interaction is embraced as an integral life skill, essential to 21st century learning.