The General Principles of a Montessori Environment

Principles Four – Six

The children’s lessons are very purposeful, specifically catering to each stage of the child’s development.  The children work according to their choice and capability and no comparisons to children of equal age are made.

The Montessori environment contains self-correcting materials.  The child’s self-esteem is protected since the adult does not have to do all of the correcting.  Self-esteem grows as the children discover they can do things the correct way by themselves.

The amount of paper that goes home is not the emphasis and is in no way any indication of the ‘work’ that the children have accomplished.  Quite often ‘paper work’ completed by the child will not be seen until late in the second year of the Montessori program when their hand is developed enough to successfully print.

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