Basic Ground Rules In A Montessori Environment
Usually the ground rules are discussed with the children within the first few days of their introduction to the Montessori environment so that the children have a clear understanding of what is acceptable.
Quite often the children will inform one another if their behavior or actions are inappropriate or unacceptable. Encouraging the children to guide each other respectfully will go a long way in building a strong community.
But, there are times when the adult must step in and intervene. The question is when should the adult step in? Think of the 3 D's:
- Is the action dangerous to the child or others?
- Is the action disturbing the work of others?
- Is the action destructive to the materials or the environment?