Our Classrooms

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Our Montessori Classrooms
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Thoughtfully Prepared Montessori Environments Allow the Children to Peacefully Engage in Their Work

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.” – Maria Montessori

The Montessori classroom is a special and unique place, set up purposefully to foster self-directed investigation, independence in work, and the joy of learning.

To fully understand the beauty of a Montessori classroom, you need only step into one. Each classroom is specifically designed for the child, as envisioned by Maria Montessori. The classrooms are beautiful and inviting. Natural light, calming colors, and uncluttered shelves and work spaces, inspire the child to begin meaningful and rewarding exploration.  “Education is a natural process carried out by the children.” -Maria Montessori

The prepared environment is a signature of Maria Montessori’s approach.  The classroom is arranged in such a manner that each part of the curriculum has its own, well-defined space.  The distinctive learning materials are situated on shelves that are easily accessible by the child, and are arranged from left to right (the direction in which we read) in order of concrete thought to more abstract.  Each material teaches a concept or skill that must be mastered before moving on to the next.  As the child progresses, some materials will be replaced with others in order to ensure the needs of the child are continually met and challenged.

Our classrooms are spacious to allow for group activity and accommodate the student involved in large works.  Desks are not needed in a Montessori environment as students work at tables or on the floor with special floor mats which define the work space.

Each classroom also holds a dedicated space for peace.  Usually a table or quiet corner, adorned with a thoughtfully chosen item such as fresh cut flowers or a goldfish bowl…this space acts as a place to quiet the mind, for reflection, or meditative thought.

Classroom pets and living plants also play an important role in the day of a Montessori student.  Caring for all living things teaches respect and responsibility for their environment.