The Montessori classroom is filled with opportunities for success. There is also ample opportunity for mistakes. However, lessons are designed and presented in a manner which allows the child to make mistakes and still find his own solution for success. Even the smallest successes such as carrying a pitcher of water without spilling, builds self-reliance and confidence grows. Likewise, cleaning up one’s own spill brings its own success as well. Children are given choices and responsibility, and they have significant ownership in their classrooms. Each child learns to lead, follow and how to choose between the two. The resulting confidence is crucial to reinforcing the child’s understanding of himself. A knowledge of and confidence in one’s own abilities creates a desire to find new challenges and clears a path for life-long learning.