Montessori classrooms are peaceful, happy places designed to meet the developmental needs of each child in every stage of life. –Inside a Montessori Classroom
Montessori stated that young children process (absorb) everything through their senses. A well-prepared, child-centric environment is a sensorial one which reflects beauty, simplicity, and order. It provides well-chosen materials and activities which are required for learning. Everything is carefully chosen by the Montessori teacher in order to best facilitate the child’s learning. Unlike many overly-stimulating childcare centers which rely on the use of color, sound and movement, the Montessori classroom is designed to minimize things that may over-stimulate and distract. The Montessori classroom uses physical space and time that allows for concentration, design which allows children to find, use, and replace materials easily. Walls are painted in neutral colors. Shelves display a few objects at a time. This prepared environment provides a calm, neutral, quiet background that encourages and supports learning. –Montesssori Prepared Environment
Montessori classrooms are set to have many areas for children to learn and play any activity, in various ways: independently, in pairs, in groups, at tables, and even on the floor. Each room is designed to be a welcoming, attractive, conducive to learning. Aside from the educational materials, every item used is scaled to the child’s size, including furniture, dishes, cleaning materials, and shelves.
Bright and attractive colors, natural and fascinating cultural materials, and interesting pictures on the wall all provide children sophisticated sensory and intellectual encounters.
Also, Montessori classrooms spacious enough to accommodate all students, allowing them to move freely and comfortably. During circle time, open space should be adequate for them to sit together.
A Montessori classroom not only encourages hands-on learning but it is a necessity to make the environment as interactive as possible. The setup should allow each child to use their mind, body, and senses to learn, thus every activity makes a meaningful engagement with their whole self.
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