Montessori Ground Rules

Student Rights and Responsibilities

There are established limits of behavior which enable a number of children moving and working in close proximity to do so in harmony. In our Montessori classroom, children may move about freely but not run or push. Children are encouraged to speak softly and respectfully but never shout.  When children finish their work, it must be returned to the shelf in proper order, and in its proper place.

The following illustrates how children’s rights and responsibilities are nurtured, developed, and supported in our Montessori environment:

RIGHT

Children are free to work with any material displayed in the environment that they have had a lesson.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children must use the material respectfully. They must not harm the material, themselves, or others. The material may not be used in a way that disturbs the activities of others in the environment.

RIGHT

Children may work on a table or mat, whichever is suitable to the work chosen.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children may not work at or on a shelf because it would obstruct access to the other students in the classroom.

RIGHT

Children have the freedom to use the room as their needs dictate within the constraints of the rules.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children will restore the environment during and after lessons.  Children are responsible for mopping spills, rolling up mats, pushing in chairs, and returning work to their appropriate spots on the shelves.

RIGHT

Children have the right to work undistracted by others.  They may initiate, complete, or repeat an exercise as many times as they would like.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children do not touch the work of others without invitation to do so.  Children are not allowed to interfere with other’s learning cycles.  If a child must leave a work temporarily, he or she may continue at a later time with confidence that it will be left as is.

RIGHT

Children have the right not to join a group activity. They may continue working with individual lessons during group activities or may stand apart as an observer of group activities.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children are not allowed to interfere or disrupt an activity they have chosen not to join. This teaches responsibility to the group.

RIGHT

Children have the right to work alone.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children are not forced or encouraged to share their work.  With appropriate materials and reasonable respectful ground rules, sharing becomes as part of the natural process. Generosity of spirit develops from within as the child matures with a sense of self, grounded in confidence and security.

RIGHT

Children have the right to do nothing. Invariably in ‘doing nothing,’ the child is learning through observation, thinking, and resting.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children’s idleness is not allowed to disturb or distract others in the classroom.

We encourage parents to both understand and honor the concept of the child’s rights in the context of their responsibilities. We encourage parents to foster the Montessori concept of Rights and Responsibilities by recognizing them when they appear at home.  Furthermore, parents can honor their children by acknowledging, respecting, and incorporating what they may be sharing with you about their academic and social learning in school.

Reference

Retrieved from: Maintaining the Montessori Environment

The mission of Dirigo Montessori School is to provide creative and stimulating intellectual, artistic, and developmental experiences for pre-school and kindergarten aged children (3-6 years old). We strive to nurture each child’s innate desire to learn and to foster his/her natural curiosity and love of knowledge. True to the classical origin of its name, Dirigo Montessori School mentors its students in their first steps to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.