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The first undertaking of a Montessori teacher is to set up her classroom. In Montessori the classroom is called the Prepared Environment. Parents can also create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment (home or school).
Preparing the Environment
In the home or school for the child of this age, much attention must be paid to the safety of the environment. It is a recognized fact that the child will ...
A look at some of the peaceful benefits of Montessori education.
The good folks at Montessori-science.org have an extensive database of research articles, one such is Montessori: The science behind the genius. Here is an excerpt:
How Dr. Montessori went about developing her program is an interesting story (Kramer, 1976; Standing, 1957). She lived for much of her childhood in Rome and had unusual pluck and drive, aiming for a degree first in engineering and later in medicine, both unheard-of courses of study for a young Italian woman at the time. After her medical training she worked in psychiatric clinics, where she became interested in helping mentally retarded children. At ...
Why is it so important to continue my child in the kindergarten year at a Montessori school? In the Montessori environment, the child is presented with endless opportunities to develop all his/her senses and his motor skills with the aid of self-correcting materials in a prepared setting. During the third year a child can not only work with these materials in more depth, thus gaining more insights from them, but, using this base, can move into the academic areas.
Next, having learned from older children, shared with his peers, and helped those younger than him self, he has the ...
Proven Method of Education created by Maria Montessori.
Believes in Children’s Natural Intelligence, involving rational, empirical and spiritual aspects.
Three year range per class in order to promote adult-child continuity and close peer relationships.
Teacher is an unobtrusive director.
Individual and Group lessons.
Self correcting materialsInner discipline through natural, logical consequences.
Uninterrupted work periods.
Focused instruction in reading and writing with scope and sequence and clear cut domains that result in children reading before the age of 6.
Emphasis on individuality.
Studies directly shows effectiveness of Montessori method in respect to reading, literacy, mathematics and motivation ...