Normalization is a term in Montessori education to describe a beautiful transformation we often see in children. It's a natural process where children become focused, calm, and deeply engaged in their learning. You can think of it as a child finding their 'sweet spot' in learning where things seem to click.
We encourage this transformation by focusing on some key aspects:
1. The Environment: We design our environments with children in mind. The furniture is their size, and the materials are chosen to interest and challenge them. This setup invites them to explore and learn at their own pace.
2. Freedom of Choice: Children have freedom within boundaries. These freedoms revolve around respect for others, the environment, and themselves. Sometimes children choose what they want to work on; other times, we help guide them to their next activity. This choice empowers them and helps them become deeply involved in their work. They become responsible for their learning, which fosters independence.
3. The Teacher's Role: As their guide, we observe and understand what interests and motivates your child. Then we introduce them to activities that match their development. Our role is not to dictate but to support and nurture their growth.
4. Social Skills: In the classroom, children learn to respect each other and work together. This social development is just as important as academic learning.
5. The Result: Over time, you might notice your child developing strong concentration skills, showing increased responsibility, and becoming more independent. This doesn't mean they won't have normal child behavior outside the classroom, but you'll likely see these positive changes in various aspects of their life.
Normalization is not about conforming to a specific standard or behavior. It's about encouraging the natural potential in every child. It's like seeing a flower bloom; it takes time, the right environment, and care. The goal is to help children become the best versions of themselves.