The Montessori Classroom is a Prepared Environment
Materials and Classroom Set Up Help With Self-Directed Learning
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment—classroom, materials, social setting and atmosphere—must be supportive of the child. The teacher provides the necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive environment. Together, the teacher and child form a relationship based on trust and respect that fosters self-confidence and a willingness to try new things.
The Montessori Materials
Dr. Montessori’s observations of the kinds of things children enjoy and go back to repeatedly led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to facilitate learning.
The Teacher or Guide
Originally called a “directress”, the Montessori guide functions as a designer of the environment, resource person, role model, demonstrator, record-keeper and meticulous observer of each child’s behavior and growth. The guide facilitates learning.