The Montessori Classroom

Video: A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom (from a film project called "Building the Pink Tower")

Dr. Maria Montessori founded her method on the once revolutionary, now proven, idea that children are born ready to learn.

Children teach themselves, she discovered, by interacting with their environment. At each stage of development children have specific developmental needs to fulfill. The Montessori experience is designed to help meet those needs within a “prepared environment” that offers both structure and freedom.

Freedom Within a Structured Environment

A Detailed Description of an Observation Inside a Montessori Classroom

Structure comes from the beauty, calm and order of the classroom and the child’s role as a member of the multi- age community. In Montessori children spend each three year cycle in the same classroom and with the same teacher, who comes to really know each individual child and how they learn.

This safe, secure setting offers children opportunities to make choices, refine their motor skills, interact socially with others and become independent. The classroom is equipped to offer experiences in language development, practical life activities, sensorial exploration, math concepts, nature, geography, music and art.

Freedom comes from the child’s ability to choose his/her own tasks, work at his/her own pace and to move ahead individually as the desire to know more grows. The Montessori classroom includes specially designed materials and equipment that enable children to work independently and follow their curiousity.

Children become joyful learners who seek out answers to their questions about the world. In the classroom they are free to move around, interact and work together in groups or pairs. Socialization occurs naturally as the children work in, care for and enjoy their own “children’s community”.