What do Montessori schools mean by the term "normalization?"

"Normalization" is a Montessori term that describes the process that takes place in Montessori classrooms around the world, in which young children, who typically have a short attention span, learn to focus their intelligence, concentrate their energies for long periods of time, and take tremendous satisfaction from their work.

In his book, Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, E.M. Standing described the following characteristics of normalization in the child between the age of three and six:

A love of order;
A love of work;
Profound spontaneous concentration;
Attachment to reality;
Love of silence and working alone;
Sublimation of the possessive instinct;
Independence and initiative;
Spontaneous self-discipline;
The power to act from real choice and not just from idle curiosity.

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