Walk into any Montessori classroom in the world; you will see busy and happy children working purposefully. The classroom itself is typically beautiful and enticing. A learning and engaging environment have been created for Montessori education
of children with great care that reinforces the child’s independence and natural urge towards self-development
The Montessori materials used in the classroom are beautifully handcrafted, selected and all them serves a specific purpose. These materials can be considered as tools to stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery. Key principles adopted for designing the Montessori environment are:
- Order: Order plays a vital role in the Montessori Environment. Order not only includes the physical order of things, but the order of environments created during Montessori Education.
- Choice: The environment gives the child the opportunities to choose what he wants to do from a range of activities that are suitable for his developmental needs.
- Freedom: Freedom to choose to work as long as he wants and with tools he wants to work with. Even freedom to choose to work or not to work without being interrupted.
Many Play Schools and Preschools
are widely adopting the Montessori methods as parents consider this one of the best methods for their early child care and development. Some of the major benefits this classroom environment provides can be listed are:
The method focuses on Key Developmental Stages: Focusing on the key development milestones in children between the age of three to five years, the classrooms lets them engage in activities that they find fun to do at the same time imparts learning basic activities such as art, cooking, drawing, etc.
Beginning at an early age, children develop order, coordination and discipline: Classroom materials, designs, routines and events support the individual’s self-regulation, i.e. ability to learn oneself and to think about what one is learning.
Freedom with Limits: In the classroom environment of children’s play school, they work with parameters set by their teachers; a child is an active participant in deciding what his or her focus of learning would be.
Self- Correction and Self- Assessment: The play school classroom approach considers this as an integral part in the child development. As the child matures, he critically learns to look at their work and starts to recognize the areas of correction ultimately learning from their errors.
Montessori children become confident, self-directed and enthusiastic as they learn and develop. They are able to think critically and work in teams and act boldly.