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Identity & Belonging


Identity & Belonging


Learning Goals

Montessori Approach

Children will have strong self-identities and will feel respected and affirmed as unique individuals with their own life storiesMontessori ClassroomChild is gaining knowledge of himself, his environment and how to act & interact with others within it. He is also developing internal and external skills. In essence he is constructing himself. Adult treats everyone with respect, actively listens, constructs learning opportunities for each individual child, protects the child who is concentration and creates new opportunities for the child who hasn’t as yet found something that absorbs him both mentally & physically. In partnership with the adult, children will

  1. build respectful relationships with others
  2. appreciate the features that make a person special and unique (name, size, hair, hand and footprint, gender, birthday)
  3. understand that as individuals they are separate from others with their own needs, interests and abilities
  4. have a sense of ‘who they are’ and be able to describe their backgrounds, strengths and abilities
  5. feel valued and see themselves and their interests reflected in the environment
  6. express their own ideas, preferences and needs, and have these responded to with respect and consistency


  1. Encourage active listening skills; opportunities to share thoughts & feelings in a respectful way by being taught the skills of social engagement.
  2. Circle Time – discussions which allow each child to take his/her turn and listen to others. Provide activities/pictures/games which enable children to identity that they are unique.
  3. Grace & Courtesy exercises. Individual exercises allow the child to choose what he is interested in and progress as his own pace
  4. Home from home – child is encouraged to be independent and self confident by the security & consistency the setting provides.
  5. Adult models behaviour, gets down to child’s level, listens to child & acts on what child says/does. Environment is constructed so that it engages child, this is done by constructing learning opportunities that follow the child’s interests
  6. Free choice of work/activities. Freedom of speech, movement, thought etc.,

Source: Aistear Toolkit & Montessori Alliance 2012

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