Homework has long been a staple of schools in the U.S. It is commonly thought
that homework reinforces the lessons learned in the classroom and that
it teaches students valuable skills such as organization and time management.
Unfortunately, homework usually doesn’t help students succeed in
these ways, which is why worksheets and similar assignments are rarely
assigned to students who attend a
The Montessori View on Homework
In Montessori schools, all students apply themselves to their work. From
toddlers to elementary-age children, Montessori students are genuinely
self-motivated to experiment with the learning process. One reason for
this inner motivation is that the Montessori classroom allows students
freedom within reason to direct their own education. It wouldn’t
make sense to micromanage the work of a child at home when this isn’t
done in the classroom. By not assigning homework in the conventional sense,
Montessori schools eliminate the frustration and friction that is so often
experienced by families while navigating the homework process. Furthermore,
not assigning “busy work” supports students’ positive
attitude toward the learning process.
The Benefits of Unstructured Time After School
There are other reasons why
Montessori students rarely have homework assignments such as worksheets. The Montessori view is a balanced one: Just like adults,
children need unstructured time after school to relax and to express themselves
through play. Students learn the value of responsibility by helping their
families manage household tasks and they strengthen family relationships
by spending time with their loved ones.
The Extension of Montessori Principles Into the Home
Montessori schools might not typically assign homework in the conventional
sense, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that children are idle
at home. The principles of Montessori need not be confined to the classroom
and students can learn wherever they are. Community service projects,
family trips to historical sites, and even simple visits to the grocery
store are all learning opportunities.
At The Montessori School, our teachers support the individual learning
style and interests of each child. We encourage families in the area to
learn more about the Montessori approach and how it supports natural curiosity,
lifelong enthusiasm for learning, and self-motivation. Call our Montessori
school in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844
to request a tour.