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The Montessori Classroom

A space designed for learning

Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational
approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies as they unfold in “prepared environments” for multi-age groups.

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  • Large open classrooms
  • Low shelves containing hands-on multi-sensory materials
  • Different sized tables to allow 1 to 4 student work groups
  • Multi-age classes where students are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other
  • Self-Directed Learning – Child formulates concepts from self-teaching materials under the guidance/observation of the teacher
  • Each child progresses at their own LEARNING PACE , which allows them time to achieve mastery of the curriculum elements

In this prepared environment, your child can work where s/he is comfortable, with the freedom to move and talk quietly in a respectful manner.

Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly – a skill set for the 21st century.

 
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