Principle 1:

Classes in Montessori Schools are mixed-age and non-graded:

– Mixed-age classes comprise at least three-year groupings corresponding to the Planes of Development: 3 – 6; 6 – 9 and 9 – 12 or 6 – 12; 12 – 15 and 15 – 18 or 12 – 18.
– Mixed-age groups are not correlated to grades, nor are they divided in other ways according to achievement levels or normative standards.

The 0-3 sub-plane is divided as follows:

– Infant (Nido) groups: Approximately 3 months (or older) to when the child is walking well (about 12 – 18 months; and
– Toddler Communities: From when the child is walking well (about 12 – 18 months) to about 2½ or 3 years.

Principle 2:

Montessori schools accommodate an extended period of uninterrupted self-chosen activity – a period during which children can choose their own activity and work undisturbed for a minimum of three hours.

Principle 3:

Rewards and Punishments are not used in a Montessori environment.

Principle 4:

A prepared environment is a critical component of Montessori Pedagogy.

The prepared environment:

– Serves the developmental and pedagogical needs of the children using it
– Supports freedom of movement, speech and association
– Supports free choice of activity
– Facilitates normalization (3-6), adaptation (6-12) and valorisation (12 – 18)
– Includes a full range of Montessori materials appropriate to the age for which it is prepared

Principle 5:

The adults in the Montessori environment exhibit and apply the principles of Montessori pedagogy through:

– A disposition of respect and patience towards the child
– An ability to balance the principle of non-intervention while at the same time not abandoning the child
– Trust in Montessori principles, methodology and pedagogical aims
– Seeing the role of the adult as primarily observer, scientist and interpreter of the environment rather than as a teacher in the conventional sense
– Guiding the child to normalization and development appropriate to each Plane of Development

Principle 6:

Montessori schools implement the SAMA Montessori curriculum for ages 0-12.

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