Joy in Work
Hating Mondays is such a cliché in our culture. How many of us start the work week with joyful anticipation? Work has become such a “four-letter word” for many adults. Here at the Montessori School of Huntsville work is a happy concept. Work means creativity, engagement, and interaction with our physical and social environment all the way from our youngest toddler to our most senior staff member.
The staff here at MSH has been reading (or re-reading) The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori. We think it is important to engage with Dr. Montessori’s original writing to stay true to the method and to interpret how her theory fits in our ever-changing world. Dr. Montessori has a wonderful insight about children’s learning, “The child’s is a type of life in which work, the fulfillment of tasks brings joy and happiness, where as in the field of adult, work is something which is usually a painful process.”
Many times through the day you will hear teachers say “May I help you choose some work?” or “Be sure to select challenging work.” We find joy in our work and we want to instill that sense of joy in your children. For our children we want work to be an opportunity for them to engage creatively and productively and work to be a joy, both now and later in the “real world.”