Self-Discipline (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Self-Discipline (Montessori)

Self-discipline is a key concept within the Montessori method and is closely linked to the principles of independence, self-regulation, and normalization. Maria Montessori believed that self-discipline emerges naturally in children over time when they are given the freedom to choose and engage in meaningful activities within a prepared environment[1].

Self-discipline refers to the ability of a child to control their behaviour, focus their attention, and persist in completing a task even in the face of distractions. Montessori observed that children develop self-discipline when they can concentrate on an activity for extended periods, understand and follow the rules of the environment, and correct their own mistakes[2].


Montessori Quotes on Self-Discipline

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.
— Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”