A Description of Our Montessori Classroom and Curriculum
Our classrooms at Country Meadows Montessori are classic examples of a “Prepared Environment”: This prepared environment is Dr. Maria Montessori’s concept that the environment should be designed to maximize independent learning and exploration by the child.
In this prepared, multi-age, environment, there is a variety of activity as well as a great deal of movement. In a preschool classroom, for example, three-year-olds may be busy with Practical Life. Here children can practice buttoning or washing dishes.
A four-year-old, nearby may, be working on Language Arts
, composing words and phrases with letters known as the movable alphabet
, reading to a group or working on sounds with sandpaper letters
A five-year-old might be engaged in Math, using counting beads or performing multiplication using a specially designed set of beads.
Children may also be working on Science
Sometimes an entire class will be involved in a Creative group activity, such as singing, storytelling, drama or movement…
Or the individual, sharing a gift…
In this calm, ordered space of the Montessori prepared environment, children work on activities of their own choice at their own pace. They experience a blend of freedom and self-discipline in a place especially designed to meet their developmental needs!