The guide’s role in a Montessori environment is to teach and guide by providing the details of procedures and information so the child can practice and internalize these skills. A Montessori guide prepares a well-organized classroom that is equipped with special materials that encourage freedom of movement and choice for all children.
By establishing guidelines for work and behavior, guides show children how to function within the structure of the curriculum and the community. As a result, a pattern of good work habits and a sense of responsibility and cooperation are established in the classroom.
Through daily observation, the guide determines when and if a child needs further instruction and/or support in any given subject. Observation also allows the guide to determine when a child is ready for additional challenges. Furthermore, guides model respect, provide support and assist as peacemakers in order to better understand the child.
Each of our guides has been trained by The American Montessori Society teacher training program and assistants have had experience working with young children as well as attended a Paraprofessional Course that covers the basics of the Montessori approach emphasizing philosophy, observation, and the role of the assistant. In addition, our entire staff is involved in continuing professional development throughout the year.