The organization of a Montessori classroom is key to the success of the school. The classroom environments are prepared strategically; with a very thoughtful plan and purpose. All materials are within reach and readily available. The student may move about the room freely choosing materials for independent work.
These materials focus on teaching children basic life skills. Activities focusing on practical life skills provide real-life experience while promoting concentration and coordination. Most of all, practical life skills foster independence. When a child learns to do things for themselves, they develop a sense of self-respect. A few examples of basic practical life skill activities are pouring water from a jug, cleaning, water pouring, basic cooking, spooning pasta from one bowl to another, and much more.
Small children learn about their environment by using their senses. Sensory materials and activities are designed to promote the use of the child’s five senses and engage their minds. The student’s manipulation of sensory materials develops basic skills needed to excel in subjects such as math and science in the future.
Children learn to read through various exercises and activities in a Montessori classroom. Learning site letters and sounds are some of the first skills a student will learn with the language materials. Once mastery is achieved; a child may begin putting words together to make sentences. Learning to read opens the door to endless learning opportunities.
These wonderful materials provide the child the opportunity in which the student can learn basic math in a way they can see and feel. Mathematical materials in a Montessori classroom are very unique. Colorful beads and rods, for example, are a couple of the most universal mathematical material in which children learn to, count, add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Adm1n May 3rd, 2017