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 learning.

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 matures.


A Child’s Rights and Responsibilities

1. RIGHT -The child is free to work with any material displayed in the environment.
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 dictate.
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 other’s activities.
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