The unique qualities of a Montessori classroom
We are taking very serious our role as adults to ensure that our two classrooms are stimulating, interesting, and developmentally appropriate. One of the most important ways a Montessori classroom excites children about learning is the aesthetic quality of the physical space and educational materials.
Instead of rows of desks full of squirming children all facing the blackboard, we will implement a different approach in which children will be focused and engaged in learning on mats or tables, either singly or in small groups. We will have low shelving and child-sized furniture, with an absence of clutter and distracting wall-to-wall decorations of regular comtemporary schools. We will make sure to follow the Montessori Method strictly by organizing the beautifully made materials nealty on shelves, calling to the child’s developmental interests.
Great care has been taken in the design of the materials: how they look, what they are made of, and even where they are kept in the classroom. An important aspect of Montessori materials is that they are beautiful, simple, appealing, and inherently interesting. The child wants to handle them–to touch them, manipulate them and hold them. That means that from the beginning they are drawn to the materials and start to use them instinctively. Children here identify learning as something they like. With Montessori, through the materials and guidance of the teacher, acquiring knowledge is always a positive, enjoyable transaction between the child adn the information.