The feeling of belonging is a fundamental part of every student’s success and wellbeing. Every lesson has an element encouraging connection between students, whether working on projects or participating in group discussions. The Montessori classroom gives students many different working environments - working independently, collaborate in small groups, and work together as a classroom. At times the process can be very hands-on, requiring communication and movement, and other times the work requires staying quiet, being fully focused, and attentive. Once students receive their plan for the day, they are given the freedom to organize their day to meet personal goals.
Once students have their plan they manage, they are given the freedom to organize their day around their goals. For example, the teacher has taught Introduction to Golden Beads for Mathematics, Introduction to Noun for Language, and Alphabetical Order for Word Study. With the teacher's help and depending on ability, the student will record follow-up work given by the teacher in their work plans. The student's choice will include which work he/she would like to complete or do for the day and choose the follow-up activity given by the teacher.
For example, there can be lessons in Mathematics, Parts of Speech, and Cultural Math on Mondays. The child sees the day's schedule to manage his/her time before lessons are presented. During this time, children can also take "breaks" by having a snack, taking quiet breaks to re-energize and refocus their minds through silent reading, mindfulness meditation, origami, or just sitting quietly and comfortably for a mental break.