Montessori is based on a profound respect for the child’s personality. The child works from his own free choice and is allowed a large measure of independence which forms the basis of real self-discipline.
As each child progresses at his own pace and successfully completes the self-correcting exercises, he develops confidence in his ability to understand his environment.
Montessori presents endless opportunities among the children for mutual help which is joyfully given and received. Cooperative social interaction among children of different ages engenders a feeling of friendship, respect for the rights of others, and self-confidence.
These aspects of the Montessori program help eliminate the necessity for coercion which often causes feelings of inferiority and stress.