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Five goals of a Montessori guide and the connections between them

The most important part of a Montessori classroom will always be the children, nevertheless, the Montessori guide has a crucial role in this environment as it is this adult who has the immense responsibility of guiding them and helping them to achieve their full potential. This article will focus on five roles of a Montessori guide and their intertwining. 

Five goals of a Montessori guide and the connections between them

1: A Montessori guide makes sure that the child is welcomed in a prepared environment. An environment where the child is respected for his/her uniqueness, and where he/she is free to choose whichever activity interests him/her the most. Thus, this environment is not a fixed one, but the guide has the responsibility to observe the child, with his emotions and interests, and to change the environment whenever necessary, in order to provide the best opportunity for the child’s holistic development.

2: A Montessori guide inspires the child to be independent, to guide him/her how to use materials correctly but afterwards to allow the child the freedom to perfect himself/herself. The guide should allow him/her to work on the activity alone as many times as he/she wishes, as many activities have a control of error where the child will develop self-judgment and will immediately know when something is not in the right place, thus building on intellectual growth.

3: A Montessori guide focuses on helping children gain self-discipline, where even though they are allowed to move freely in the class they will always have a purpose in their movement and will be respectful with their peers, without interrupting them or causing them any harm.

4: A Montessori guide will be such a keen observer that will find ways to help the child discover activities which he/she will love, and he/she will take such pleasure repeating them that he/she will build on a deep concentration, and will acquire a love of knowledge. Once they reach this stage, children are learning for life, as they gain self-confidence and will dare to take initiative, and this will help them through their whole life, as the Montessori goal is not to educate children to succeed in the classroom, but in life.

5: A Montessori guide will inspire love and a community feeling in the children. In such a class children are exposed to activities which help them develop important practical life skills. They learn to take turns, and to be patient. This is a class where children take pride in talking to a group about their own interests and passions, in a class of mixed ages, where children help each other succeed.

All these goals are connected as they function together to help create the best educational and emotional environment for children to grow in. Everything a child learns in a Montessori environment will help him/her, starting from a genuine desire to follow his/her dreams, to be independent, to be respectful with other people, to keep things nicely organized, to stay focused, and to try his/her best to achieve a goal. Everything that happens in a Montessori environment is intertwined and it exists in harmony. Every little detail contributes to instill in children the seed of love for an ongoing learning process, a process which they truly enjoy, and which helps them become better persons in so many different aspects of their life, as the Montessori approach is a holistic one, and one that promotes uniqueness and altruism.