GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS
This school year is entering its fourth week, and work in the two elementary classrooms is moving along. Maria Montessori had a term for this process of children finding their rhythm by developing their ability to concentrate, choosing works that appeal to them, and becoming self-disciplined- she called it "normalization."
She believed that children become normalized when their developmental needs are met. A Montessori classroom is built around those needs, and the first several weeks of a new year are spent "becoming normalized." What are the signs a child has reached that point? They include having love of order and of work, being able to concentrate, appreciating silence and working alone, having the power to act from real choices, showing independence and initiative, and being joyful.
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