Welcome to Chase Ranch Montessori School
GRACE AND COURTESY
Chase Ranch Montessori School
The environment is designed for and belongs to the child.
The child is free to use any apparatus in the room with which the child
is familiar through demonstration by staff.
The child may work on a table or a rug, whichever is suitable to the
The child has the right to work undisturbed and undistracted by
others. He may initiate, repeat and complete an exercise alone
without a break in his concentration cycle.
The child has the freedom to move about the room as his needs
dictate in the above rights.
The child has the freedom as a social being to talk with others in the
course of his activity.
The child has a right to work alone.
The child may work with another or in a small group where there is a
mutual agreement or an invitation to join.
The child has a right to occasionally "do nothing."
The child has a right not to join a group activity. He may continue
working with individual exercises or he may stand apart as an
observer of group activities without becoming an active participant.
The children restore the environment during and after an exercise. They
are responsible for mopping up spills, rolling their own rugs, placing their
chair under the table, and returning the work to the appropriate spot on
The child must use the equipment with respect -- without harming it,
himself, or his classmates. Children may not use material in a way that
would distract other workers.
Children may not work on display shelves, as their presence there would
obstruct the other children's access to the materials.
Children may not touch the work of others unless invited by them to do
so. No child is allowed to interfere with another's learning cycle. (This
provides security for the involved child to work undistracted until
completion.) If a child must leave his work temporarily, he can continue
later, confident that he will find his work as he left it.
The children should move about calmly, quietly, so as not to disturb the
activity or privacy of any other children or the group as a whole. Running,
jumping, or shouting disturb others.
The child should speak kindly, quietly, and privately, respecting another's
right to work without being disturbed.
Children are not forced to share work. Generosity develops from within as
a child matures and gains security and ego strength. In a sense, children
share all the materials in the Montessori environment because when the
materials are returned to the shelf, they are then available for another
The children must respect each other and all others as with any individual
activity in the pursuit of the common project, in no way interfering with or
disturbing the work of others.
Children learn in many ways while observing others, relaxing, wandering,
etc. A child's idleness is respected as long as it does not distract other
children from their work in any way.
Children may not interfere or disrupt an activity they have chosen not to
join, nor may they join and leave freely once they have made the choice.
this is their responsibility to the group.