ELEMENTARY I (AGES 6-9, 1ST-3RD GRADES)
Liberty, Freedom, and Choice
"It is clear therefore that the discipline which reveals itself in the Montessori class is something which comes more from within than without. But this self-discipline has not come into existence in a day, or a week, or even a month. It is the result of a long inner growth, an achievement won through months of training." Maria Montessori
When a child comes into the world they are completely cared for by adults. They have no freedom or responsibility. The goal for each child is to grow into a mature, independent adult. How does each person go from one point to the other? The key is to increase their liberty/freedom gradually over time. A six-year-old can be responsible for himself; a ten-year-old can be responsible for himself and those around him. The important thing is that the ten-year-old was given some freedom as a six-year-old, seven-year-old, eight-year-old, etc. so that by the time he or she is ten, he or she can independently make good choices.