Our Classrooms

In the Montessori classroom, the goal is to guide, nurture and support the development of the full human potential. This is accomplished by offering an environment that provides for children’s inner needs, to fulfill their highest potential and to develop stable, integrated personalities. One of the goals is the “normalization” of the children in the class. Dr. Montessori described normalization as the development of inner discipline, self-assurance and preference for purposeful activity – what she considered the normal state of the child. Some characteristics of the normalized child include the following:

  • Happy and healthy child
  • Love of learning
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Independence
  • Self-discipline
  • Sense of personal dignity
  • Self-motivation
  • Pleasure and fulfillment in work for its own sake
  • No need for rewards or punishment
  • Freedom of choice within limits
  • Enjoyment of repetition
  • Ability to work alone
  • Love of order
  • Joyful state

To be able to work with an intelligent purpose and with no interruptions are the basis of normalization. Classroom limits are put in place to help achieve a peaceful environment where the child can flourish. The teachers, called guides, give the children attractive presentations at the appropriate developmental time and guide the children to choose work by themselves, finish it completely, and put it away in order.

Children are encouraged to work independently, to respect their peers’ desire to work undisturbed and to complete their work cycle thus emphasizing the importance we put on personal dignity and self-discipline. Other limits pertain to the children’s safety and respecting the rights of others. Children learn the ground rules and are comfortable and secure in such an environment.