This is a question I hear quite often- parents come in and they have a general idea of Montessori methodology, and a belief that is is a great fit for their children…but the word “normalization” sounds a little…well, strange.
It did to me too, at first. Ummm….my children are already normal thank you. Luckily, I learned quickly that that’s not really what it means.
One of my first required reading texts was a book written by E.M. Standing called Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, 1957) He listed the characteristics of normalization as the following:
- Love of Order
- Love of work
- Spontaneous concentration
- Attachment to reality
- Love of Silence & working alone
- Sublimation of the possessive instinct
- Power to act from real choice
- Independence & initiative
- Spontaneous self- discipline
The Montessori Method has been around for over 100 years. The terminology may be a bit confusing here in 2016 (for example, obedience doesn’t mean they are obedient to their teacher, or to their parents, but to their own self), but as a parent…all of the above characteristics of a normalized child are things I want for my children. And for yours.