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 five-year-old might be engaged in Math, using counting beads or performing multiplication using a specially designed set of beads.
Sometimes an entire class will be involved in a Creative group activity, such as singing, storytelling, drama or movement…
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!