The Montessori approach is sometimes viewed as one that focuses on the development of the individual, rather than fostering children's social development through interactions with one another. Whilst a superficial glance at a Montessori environment might give this impression, the Montessori method does, in fact, place a strong emphasis on the development of children's social skills.
Re-reading the chapters on ‘Social Development’ and ‘Cohesion in the Social Unit’ in The Absorbent Mind, one is reminded of Montessori’s recognition of the child’s innate drive towards social interaction.
For a deeper exploration of the socialisation of the child, we invite you to read these two articles by Barbara Isaacs, President of Montessori Europe.
How Montessori’s Human Tendencies Affect How Young Children Learn
Montessori Through the Early Years: The Social Development of Three-year-olds