“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him [her] into the world.”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
The child in a Montessori environment is exposed to the four traditional areas of education: Practical life (care of self and environment), sensorial, culture (science and geography), language and mathematics. Art, music, and Spanish are also an integral part of the classroom.
The Prepared Environment
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. Characteristics of the prepared environment include:
- Beauty, order, reality, simplicity and accessibility.
- Children are given freedom to work and move around within suitable guidelines that enable them to act as part of a social group.
- Children are provided with specifically designed materials which help them to explore their world and enable them to develop essential cognitive skills.
- Children are part of a mixed age group (3-6) that encourages all children to develop their personalities socially and intellectually at their own pace.