Guided Tour of a
In a Montessori environment the child gains
independence, security and self-confidence through an
individual approach, all within an atmosphere of
personal and loving attention.
Montessori observed that when children grow up in an
environment that is intellectually and artistically
alive, warm, and encouraging, they will spontaneously
ask questions, investigate, create, and explore new
ideas. She found that children, especially when they are
very young, are actually quite capable of absorbing
information, concepts, and skills from their
surroundings and peers almost through osmosis.
The intention of the materials is to use them as a tool
to help children be able to work and learn at their own
pace, to see abstract ideas presented in a very concrete
three-dimensional way, and to help them to understand.
The classroom is divided into several logical areas by
low open shelves, on which we see displayed an array of
lovely and intriguing learning activities. They draw our
attention and make most adults visiting a Montessori
class long to be a child once again.
Although it may not be immediately obvious, there is an
order to the room and a careful structure to how things
are arranged. The Montessori environment is divided up
into several different areas: one for Practical Life,
one for Sensorial, one for Language, another for Math,
and smaller areas for Art, Geography, and Science.