The Montessori Classroom
The room, materials, children, and teacher are all an integral part of the Montessori experience. It is a comfortable and engaging place for children.
The layout and furnishings, including the sinks and bathroom, are child-size to allow even the smallest of children to be independent – taking care of themselves and the room.
Materials and activities in the environment are designed so that, after an initial lesson, children can choose to work alone. Many of the materials are self-correcting (e.g., if the graduated cylinders are not ordered correctly, there will be an empty space at the end). Thus, children can work out each problem on their own.
Materials are organized into categories: Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Music, Geography, Number Work, Writing, and Reading. Science and Nature activities are also available and vary during the course of the year.