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Dear Keystone Families,

As we settle into the school year, you may have heard your child’s guide or other staff on campus refer to the classrooms as “normalized."  It seems a strange word to use when describing a class filled with children, but it is quite simple and extraordinarily beautiful. Dr. Maria Montessori said, "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.'"

By definition, normalization occurs when the children freely choose their work, concentrate, and work blissfully on their own as members of a respectful, peaceful community. As Montessorians, we strive to provide an environment that fosters order, coordination, concentration, and independence - an environment where the child is an active explorer and learner and can develop self-direction and a true love of learning. A key goal for our classroom guides is to nurture the growth of the child. The guides at Keystone have a deep understanding of each child's needs and provide the academic, social, and emotional support that allows them to flourish.

In his book, Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, author E.M. Standing states: "The crowning characteristic of a group of normalized children is joy. It pervades the little community like a perfume; and is as hard to describe as it is easy to perceive."  Simply put, the child is becoming their best possible self. Dr. Montessori's observations revealed that certain characteristics develop within the normalized child and classroom. A love of work, concentration, self-discipline, independence, and peace become the norm. It is a beautiful ideal, and isn't that what we all desire for our children?


In Health and Peace,

Laura Hertzler                            Stefan Linder
Head of School                          Associate Head of School





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