Montessori’s ten commandments

While browsing around, I stumbled on the blog Beautiful Sun Montessori.

The page I found talked about Montessori’s ten commandments, words of wisdom that obviously were written for a Montessori school setting, but that can be applied in so many other situations, or even adapted to home life.

I think they are wise words to remember.


From Beautiful Sun Montessori:

Montessori’s Ten Commandments

1. Never touch the child unless invited by him (in some form or another.)

2. Never speak ill of the child in his presence or absence.

3. Concentrate on strengthening and helping the development of what is good in the child so that its presence may leave less and less space for the bad.

4. Be active in preparing the environment: take meticulous and constant care of it, help the child establish constructive relations with it. Show the proper place where the means of development are kept and demonstrate their use.

5. Be ever ready to answer the call of the child who stands in need of you and ever listen and respond to the child who appeals to you.

6. Respect the child who makes a mistake and can then or later correct it himself. Stop firmly and immediately any misuse of the environment and any action which endangers the child, his development, or that of others.

7. Respect the child who takes rest or watches others working or ponders over what he himself has done or will do. Neither call him, nor force him to other forms of activity.

8. Help those who are in search of activity and cannot find it.

9. Be untiring in repeating presentations to the child who refused them earlier; in helping the child acquire what is not yet his own and overcome imperfections. Do this by animating the environment with care and purposive restraint and silence, with mild words and loving presence. Make your presence felt to the child who searches and hide from the child who has found.

10. Ever treat the child with the best of good manners and offer him the best you have yourself and at your disposal.
(Preface to Around the Child. Association of Montessorians, (Calcutta, India), vol. 7, 1962.)

Montessori’s ten commandments

4 thoughts on “Montessori’s ten commandments

  1. Printed and posted on my fridge.
    Re #8: I recently read that vestibular stimulation (rocking or swinging, f.ex., focuses the brain such that it will either induce quiet concentration or sleep, depending on what the body needs. This may explain my 4yo’s incessant hopping when she’s agitated. The suggestion was to send a child with aimless energy to the swings for 5 minutes as a “reset button”. We live in an apartment but a mini trampoline is on my to-get list already, and I hope it will serve a similar function.

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