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samedi 13 janvier 2018

Classroom Limits

Limits are the foundation for discipline in the Montessori toddler environment. Limits are clear and simple rules that are consistently upheld in the community. Young children need limits to feel safe and secure in their environment. Limits also help children establish who they are within a community. Adults maintain these limits and model them to the children. 

"The Umbrella Limits" 

The child in the toddler environment is allowed freedom within these three limits:

  1. Treat other people with respect, kindness, and peace both physically or emotionally 
  2. Treat the materials and environment with care. 
  3. Treat self with respect and care.  

In our classroom, as long as the Umbrella Limits are being followed, the child is free to choose an activity and work on it for as long as they desire.

If a child needs help with following a limit, we may model the expected behavior, provide a lesson, or invite the child to the quiet corner.


 There are certain expectations which we set and model in the classroom.
  • Use a rug to define your space when working on the floor. Roll and return rug when finished.
  • Table works may only be completed on a table.
  • Clean up all materials when finished.
  • Return work to the shelf so it is ready for the next friend to use.
  • Walk in the classroom.
  • Maintain a quiet voice level.
  • Ask to observe a friend. If they agree, observe silently with your hands behind your back.
  • Try to dress self before asking for help from an adult.
  • Try each food item at lunch before receiving the next course.
  • Clean up dishes from lunch.
  • Brush teeth after lunch. 

Expectations grow and evolve along with the children.  As they become more confident and capable with tasks, their expectations will increase.  


mardi 1 novembre 2016

The beginning of the year

If one superficially observes a classroom one sees chaos. However if you watch closely you will find children at the task of self-constructing themselves by engaging in purposeful work and meaningful engagement. They have moved out of their comfort zones and are trying to adapt to their fellow beings and an absolutely new environment.

A Montessori environment allows children to gain knowledge through self-discovery, exploration and repetition with minimum adult interference. While working with the didactic materials in the casa, the child gets ample opportunities for self-correction which is important for a learner.

The environment challenges the children to come up with solutions to the problems they face, think wisely and arrive at conclusions. They become critical thinkers and doers. This helps them to move towards functional and mental independence. The older children kindly and compassionately help the younger ones to settle down quickly and become an inspiration. It is beautiful to see a six year old offering assistance to a three year old.

This environment gives them an opportunity to regulate their own social interactions and behaviours and become confident within themselves. They have the freedom to choose work and do it individually or in groups. A work habit or attitude also gets established which becomes the solid base for the next phase of development. They learn to collaborate and coexist with each other and to respect other people and objects in their environment. They learn to use their mind, body, and the senses which leads to an automatic love for learning. It builds their imagination and allows self-expression.