I think this article (http://montessoriguide.org/help-me-to-help-myself/) paints a perfect picture of independence in the Montessori classroom. To have independence means to be self-sufficient and to not be easily influenced by others around you. The Montessori classroom supports independence in a variety of ways. One way is through the many practical life lessons that are offered to a child throughout their day. Daily activities such as pouring, scooping, moving tables and chairs, cleaning up spills, and putting away dirty dishes are all aspects of the Montessori education that teach the children how to be independent in everyday chores and responsibilities. Other practical life lessons teach about how we can treat others with respect and politeness.

Another aspect of gaining independence in the Montessori classroom is that the children are allowed to choose how they learn. We all know how we learn best and which teaching style will best suit us: some by memorization, some by movement, and some by singing a song. The same concept applies to the Montessori child. The children in the Montessori classroom choose the lessons they feel they can learn most from. This implementation of choice further develops the Montessori child’s sense of independence, as each child takes ownership of their learning in a unique way.