In Montessori there is this concept called normalization. Words that come to mind in describing a child that is normalized are:
- Deep concentration for extended periods
- Self- Aware
Miss Princess working on the Geometric Cabinet
This quote from the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association explains normalization this way:
“Dr. Montessori observed that when children are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they blossom. After a period of intense concentration, and working with materials that fully engage their interest, children appear to be refreshed and contented. Through continued concentrated work of their own choice, children grow in inner discipline and peace. She called this process “normalization” and cited it as “the most important single result of our whole work”.”
Needless to say words like ‘calm”, “focused”, and “self-aware” are not usually used in reference to kids with ADHD, sensory issues, autism, etc. When Mr Rockstar was attending a Montessori preschool we had many conversations over the years about normalization and whether he was or wasn’t achieving this zen state. He never seemed to achieve normalization for more than a few days before it would fall apart. Also, it never seemed to happen at home. Once I started Montessori Homeschooling I longed for this chimera but it seemed hopelessly unattainable.
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