The Three-hour Uninterrupted Work Cycle

The purpose of long, uninterrupted blocks of work time is to allow children to select work freely, eventually becoming absorbed in work that has a particular fascination for them at this point in their development.

Interruptions, no matter how valuable the alternative activity might seem to be, disturbs the fragile development of the child’s focus, concentration, and intellectual exploration on his or her own.

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed” – Dr. Maria Montessori

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed” – Dr. Maria Montessori