The Montessori Classroom

As you enter the classroom you will discover that the children are treated differently and that the equipment (not toys) on the shelves are designed to develop a particular skill.
 
It is appropriate for the children to move about the room and talk. This does not mean the room will be noisy or disruptive.
 
The teacher is to direct. We use the word "director" for Montessori teachers. The presence of a director is obvious, the director is watching all the children, and the director is giving help when needed. Children and the teacher talk softly.
 
The classroom is well maintained - a clean, orderly environment. The equipment is always returned to its place. The children love order and get upset when things are out of place.
 
Demonstrations of the equipment will be given during the class time. When the director is working with one child or a group, the rest of the class is free to choose their work from past demonstrations.
 
Every child will be given a demonstration on the different pieces of work according to his/her abilities. The classroom is setup to accommodate the child's desire for order, interest, and satisfaction.
 
A Montessori classroom is unique. Gradually the children reveal qualities for which they are not usually given credit, such as concentration, attention, exactness and precision of movement, a sense of order, maximum effort, self-discipline, and respect for others, peacefulness, kindness, and an obvious joy of work.
 
Our classroom is prepared for the young child. Pictures are placed at the child's eye level and furniture is built to their size. The students water and care for the plants in the classroom. The atmosphere is positive, supportive, and non-competitive.
 

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“A child’s life is so fluid that its natural manifestation can completely disappear in an unfavorable environment and be replaced by others. Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of the child’s natural gifts.”

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration… He must find out how to concentrate, and for this he needs things to concentrate upon… Indeed, it is just here that the importance of our schools lies. They are places in which the child can find the kind of work that permits him to do this.”

- Dr. Maria Montessori