The Montessori Classroom
Dr. Montessori believed the most important years for learning are from birth to age six. She felt that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn. Convinced that the hand is the chief teacher of the child, she developed what is called the prepared environment. Among its features is an orderly arrangement of hands-on learning materials in a non-competitive atmosphere which helps each child develop at his/her own rate.
The classroom creates an atmosphere of peace and beauty offering a rich array of meaningful and varied activities. The teacher prepares the environment, presents the activity and then steps back to observe, allowing the child to make his own discoveries. Habits of concentration, “stick- to-itiveness” and thoroughness established in early childhood produce a confident and competent learner in later years. The Montessori classroom introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social development go hand-in-hand.
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