The Montessori classroom environment is carefully prepared to encourage exploration and to be as conducive as possible for learning. All parts of the classroom are scaled to the size of students and children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn, working spontaneously and independently with scientifically-designed Montessori materials. Each classroom is divided into four well-defined work areas: practical life, sensorial, math, and language.
Children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained adult. Children choose their own activities and develop practical and intellectual abilities through individual discovery and exploration of language, mathematics, geography, geometry, art and music.
Classroom materials are carefully constructed to provide children with a hands-on
understanding of the subject studied. Montessori materials are self-correcting so the child cannot progress until they do the work correctly. This gives children the opportunity to learn using the powerful method of trial-and-error. All objects and materials in a Montessori classroom share similar characteristics: they are proportioned, limited, simple, washable, inviting and attractive.
Montessori classrooms are designed for a three-year age mix to allow both individual and social development. In this setting children learn from each other. They learn to respect each other's work and personal space. More experienced children share what they have learned with those new to the group. Each child’s unique personality is encouraged and each child is respected as an important member of a community.
"It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was"
- Maria Montessori