6 Goals of the Montessori Classroom and How You Can Support them

November 15, 2013

6 Goals of the Montessori Classroom and How You Can Support Them

Originally posted at Vibrant Wanderings on Oct 21st, 2013

Respect for the child

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

“If we could say, “We are respectful and courteous in our dealing with children, we treat them as we should like to be treated ourselves,” we should have mastered a great educational principle and be setting an example of good education.”

“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.”

– Maria Montessori

Children learn to respect others by observing the adults in their lives, and are most able to offer respect when they are given it themselves. We show respect for the children in the classroom by getting down on their eye level when speaking with them and using language that conveys respect for their autonomy and their work. We always ask permission before touching a child or their work. We use positive and encouraging language and avoid any manners of speaking that would cause shame or embarrassment for the child.

When a child chooses an activity that we do not understand, we stop and observe before interfering. We recognize that often the child is working toward an inner goal of which we aren’t aware, and we allow his or her activity to continue so long as it is not disruptive or destructive.

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