Roles in a Montessori Environment
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Within a Montessori classroom environment the teachers, the child's work and his parents all serve unique function.
- Are well-versed in child development and Montessori principles and practices;
- Prepare the environment for the child pursuant to their keen observations and their knowledge of child development and Montessori theory;
- Engage the child with the environment through their guidance and collaborative efforts; and
- Model appropriate behavior for the child within the environment.
The child's work:
- Is principle based rather than mechanical learning.
- Is developmentally appropriate.
- Incorporates elements and materials that increase in complexity as a child progresses in years, following a prescribed sequence.
- Is purposeful and designed to develop skills while pursuing other practical ends.
- Incorporates responsibility and ownership.
Parent of a Montessori child:
- Create a home environment that encourages exploration
- Observe your child and provide activities that reflect his interests
- Set high, but attainable expectations for him
- Become involved in their education