Our Montessori Classrooms
Each of our three classrooms is a specially prepared environment designed to enhance a child’s independent learning. Each classroom has many purposefully chosen child-sized tables and chairs and materials just waiting to be explored by the 2 ½ to 5 year old child. Shelves are arranged to feature a variety of Montessori materials that are exquisitely crafted to invite exploration and learning. Everything has been designed with the child in mind—even the sinks and toilets are just the right size for all preschoolers.
The children are allowed to choose the work that they are drawn to, selecting work from the many lessons that they have received from their Montessori guide (teacher). As the children work, the guide and assistant circulate throughout the room assisting only when necessary. The guide determines when a child is ready to receive a new, progressively more advanced, and more complex lesson. Lessons are given in practical life, language, sensorial, mathematics, and geography, exposing children to the full range of materials available in the classroom.
There is a steady hum of sound and activity in the room. Children move freely throughout the room, interacting with their classmates, respecting their workspace, and observing the work done by others. Our classrooms are the center of harmonious activity. In addition to the individual work time, each day the children have group time where they might sing songs, listen to a story, or present a show and tell. Of course, the children go outside daily to enjoy the spacious playgrounds (weather permitting.)