Specific goals are present in Montessori classrooms of all ages:
There’s a famous Maria Montessori quote “help the child to help themselves“ that guides the interaction between adults and children in Montessori classrooms. What this looks like changes depending on the age of the children, but the core idea is always the same – “help the child to help themselves”. In a toddler classroom this means allowing children to change their own shoes, and hang up their own coats. In an elementary classroom this means allowing children to be independent learners, taking responsibility for their work and what they learn.
Montessori education instills in children the love of learning. A natural result of this love is creating life-long learners. Montessori children don’t make a distinction between learning at school, and playing at home. Montessori children of all ages learn because they enjoy learning, not for the praise and approval that they receive from the adults in their life if they learn. For that reason, Montessori children learn wherever they are because they love to learn! By the time children emerge from a Montessori elementary program they have the tools to be successful wherever their educational journey takes them, because they know: who they are, how they learn, and they love learning.