A carefully prepared environment in a Montessori classroom nourishes and encourages a child’s natural development. A child is most apt to retain a positive attitude toward learning and acquire confidence in a relaxed atmosphere where they set their own pace, follow their own interests, and are freed of criticism and competition.
Each of these programs is designed to address the developmental needs of children as individuals and help them develop at their own pace. Each program builds on the one before it, providing challenges appropriate to both age and skill levels.
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT: Our classrooms are arranged according to subject area, and students are free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. This model of setup emphasizes exploration, interaction, problem solving, child-to-child teaching and socialization.
Each classroom is a carefully designed environment where children of mixed ages work together or independently with multi-sensory materials that invite them to touch, to thin and to experience. In this environment, children move freely about, choose an activity and work on it until a sense of accomplishment is achieved. Before the child chooses another activity, materials are put back in place. With the freedom to chose, children develop self-confidence, self discipline and self-mastery.
Children learn directly from the environment and from other children, rather than from the teacher. The teacher facilitates guidance in a child’s explorations, capitalizing on interests and excitement about a subject.