"Normalization" is a Montessori term that describes the process that takes place in the classrooms 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.
The following are characteristics of normalization in the child (6-9 yo):
- 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.