Socialization (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Socialization (Montessori)

In Montessori education, Socialization refers to the process by which the child acquires the knowledge and attitudes that allow them to become an effective member of a social group and a specific social order.[1]

This concept is integral to the Montessori method, which recognizes that optimal social learning occurs when children of different ages interact.[2] Mixed-age classrooms are therefore a key feature of Montessori schools, fostering socialization by allowing younger children to learn from older peers, and older children to reinforce their learning by teaching younger ones.


Montessori Quotes

  • “The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'”[3]
  • “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”[4]