Montessori teachers are trained facilitators in the classroom and are always ready to assist and direct. The variety of Montessori materials to explore, the teacher’s quiet demonstration of their possibilities, and the time available for the child to watch older children, all work together to help the child develop the courage to try new things.
Children are encouraged to thoroughly explore an activity. They quickly learn to examine a problem carefully, seeking the possibilities and discovering a solution. At an early age the child discovers the scientist’s delight in solving problems, the mathematician’s delight in playing with patterns, the artist’s delight in creation, the sociologist’s and psychologist’s delight in understanding people and the leader’s delight in getting things done with people.
Montessori sets the stage to allow groups of children to have these experiences without infringing on each other’s rights or needs. Their purpose is to stimulate the child’s enthusiasm for learning and to guide it, without interfering with children’s natural desire to become independent.