In a Montessori classroom, children as young as two years old are given opportunities to develop their independence. Our youngest students pour their own water at snack time, put on their jackets before heading to the playground, and, to their parents' delight, begin the process towards bathroom independence!
Years spent in Montessori environments, from Toddler through Elementary, allows children to develop into self-motivated, organized, and driven young people. Allison, one of our 5th graders, shared the following self-designed "Morning Agenda" with her mom, who, in turn, shared with us at school.
As Maria Montessori wrote, “Never help a child with a task at which she feels she can succeed.”