Control of Error

The Control of Error is an essential feature embedded within Montessori materials and activities, empowering children to assess their own work independently. This concept allows children to recognize, correct, and learn from their mistakes without adult intervention. By designing the materials in a way that the error becomes apparent to the child during the activity (e.g., a puzzle piece that doesn’t fit, or a spill that occurs when pouring), the child is encouraged to solve problems, think critically, and understand the concept at a deeper level.

The presence of the Control of Error in Montessori materials supports the development of self-correction and self-assessment skills, fostering a growth mindset and resilience. Children learn that errors are part of the learning process, leading to discovery and understanding, rather than something to be avoided. This approach cultivates an internal drive for accuracy and perfection, allowing for the development of autonomy and confidence in their abilities.