Myth #4: Montessori lets the kids ‘decide’ their own lessons, which they can’t do — because they’re kids! I want my kids taught by a real teacher.

Nope. Observation by the teacher connects the child to developmentally appropriate activities; thus the adult is known as the “guide” who helps the child learn how to learn.

Older children role model for the younger children, often teaching each other Freedom within limits Freedom to move. Following the child’s developmental needs, the Montessori classroom is specifically designed to enhance rather than oppose needs such as order.

The materials are self-correcting: through usage the child discovers if they are using the materials correctly Auto-didactic. Rather than chaos, each child is engaged in individual activity. Rather than behavior issues due to inattention, each child is moving at their own pace on an individual learning plan.