The Prepared Environment

The Montessori prepared environment provides a peaceful atmosphere where children are allowed to explore and learn in a hands-on, concrete way. The environment is organized into the following curriculum areas:

– Practical Life
– Art
– Sensorial
– Language
– Geography/Culture
– Mathematics
– Music
– Science

 

ari sand numbersAs children choose their own activities and advance at their own pace, they develop a meaningful degree of independence and self-motivation, setting a pattern for life. Guidance and support are given by teachers through one-on-one interaction and small group lessons.

 

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Many materials/manipulatives are in the Montessori classroom. Each piece is designed to attract the child. Lessons are introduced simply and concretely, creating a firm foundation for further learning. As the child progresses, the Montessori materials increase in degrees of abstraction and complexity.