The Montessori method concerns itself solely with the education of
young children. Dr. Maria Montessori was the first woman to
receive a medical degree in Italy. As an educator her
philosophy was based upon her observations and research over many
years. She believed that the goal of early childhood
education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire of
The child from birth to age six is in the period of the “absorbent
mind”. Like a sponge, children indiscriminately absorb
everything that surrounds them. La Casita’s carefully
prepared environment is set up to meet the children’s needs.
Child size furniture, individual work, and self-correcting materials
are easily accessible and carefully designed to promote independence,
freedom of movement and self-motivation. In a non-competitive
atmosphere, the children freely choose their own work. They
may work at their own pace, repeat action as long and as often as they
like, until they complete the cycle of work.
They are responsible for their own actions. If the child uses
the materials, the child is expected to take them back to their
original place. If water is spilled, a child-size mop is
provided for clean up. When “ground rules” are respected,
there is an atmosphere of harmony and peace. Self-discipline
is acquired gradually through meaningful work. As the child
becomes interested in classroom activity, behavior almost always
A Child’s Rights and Responsibilities
1. RIGHT -The child is free to work with any material displayed in the
RESPONSIBILITY - The child must use the materials
respectfully. That is, the child may not harm the materials,
himself or others. The child may not use materials in a way
that disturbs the activities of others in the environment.
2. RIGHT - The child may work at a table or on a rug; whichever is
suitable to the work chosen.
RESPONSIBILITY- He may not work at or on a display shelf, as his
presence there would obstruct other children’s access to the materials.
3. RIGHT - The child has the freedom to use the room as his needs
RESPONSIBILITY - The child restores the environment during and after an
exercise. He Is responsible for mopping up his own spills,
rolling up his own rug, placing his chair under his place at the table
and returning his work to the appropriate spot on the shelf.
4. RIGHT - The child has the right to work unrestricted by
others. He may initiate, complete, or repeat an exercise
alone and without a break in his concentration cycle.
RESPONSIBILITY - No child touches the work of another without an
invitation to do so. No child is allowed to interfere with
another’s learning cycle. (This provides security for the
child involved in an exercise to continue it to its
completion). If he must leave his work temporarily he can
continue later, confident that it will be as he left it when he returns.
5. RIGHT -The child does not need to join a group activity.
He may continue working with an individual exercise during group
activities, or he may stand apart from the group as an observer of
group activities without becoming an active participant.
RESPONSIBILITY - He is not allowed to interfere or disturb an activity
he has chosen not to join; this is his responsibility to the group.
6. RIGHT - The child may work alone.
RESPONSIBILITY - A child is not forced or even encouraged to share
work. Generosity develops from within as a child matures and
gains self-security. With adequate materials and supportive
ground rules, sharing comes naturally, in cases where sharing is
appropriate or necessary.
7. RIGHT - The child is free to do nothing if he so desires.
He may be learning by observing others; he may be thinking; or he may
simply be relaxing.
RESPONSIBILITY - His idleness is not allowed to disturb or distract
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