Introducing Rules and Routines in the Montessori Elementary Classroom
- Walk slowly “use your walking feet”
- Speak softly “use your inside voice”
- Use two hands to carry all materials.
- Respect for the environment “be kind to your friends, teachers and the material
- Carry one thing at a time.
- Use a rug for all floor activities:
All materials stay on the rug
Roll rug and put away when finished
Carry rug safely (hug to body)
- Carry tray with two hands, holding it close to your body.
- Push in chair whenever you leave your table (before picking up your materials).
- You may join a child’s work only when you ask and if the child says “yes”:
Before getting napkins, cups, food
After using the bathroom
After blowing/wiping your nose
- When you hear the bell and music put all materials away quietly, come to the line, and sit in silence.
- When the lights go out, or you hear the bell, stop everything, freeze your body and listen for the teacher’s instructions.
- When you need a teacher, walk over to her, touch her shoulder and wait for her to respond (one finger up means hold on).
Parents, these are the main ground rules in a Montessori classroom, we would like to share them with you so you may have a better understanding of our classroom:
The ground rules of the Montessori classroom are to protect the right of the child. Everything that each person does in the classroom environment affects the others around him/her. So that each person has the right to concentrate without interruption, it is necessary for each person in the classroom to observe the following classroom ground rules:
- Walking in the classroom will help encourage careful movement across the room.
- Children are not required to share their work or space with another child.
- The child selects a material to use from the shelf and takes it to a suitable table, floor and/or other designated workspace.
- The child is free to use the material as long as they like as long as it is treated with respect.
- After using the material, the child returns it to its place on the shelf, in the same condition in which it was found, for the next person to use.
- The children restore the environment, clean up spills and messes, put rugs away in proper order, and push chairs in etc., after each activity.
- No one does for a child what she can do for herself.
- Quiet voices, “inside voices”, help everyone concentrate without disturbance.
To maintain an atmosphere that is most conducive to learning and to respect each child’s right to work free from interruption, these ground rules need to be followed by all of the children, teachers, and visitors to our classroom.