Ground rules protect the rights and liberty of each individual child and the group as a whole. They promote the internalization of pro social behaviors and values including: self control of impulses, consideration of others, and a sense of responsibility for oneself and the welfare of the group. Ground rules can help to make life at school easier, make the days run more smoothly, enable children to be more independent, and help to develop responsibility. The number of ground rules is generally kept to a minimum, stated and presented in a positive manner with an emphasis on safety, respect for others / environment, and the results benefits all members of the group.
Here is a list of some typical, often automatic, ground rules used in most Montessori classrooms:
Many other common ground rules are established to insure safety if special equipment is used, when traveling as a grop, or when staying within supervised areas.