If you are unfamiliar with Montessori education then you may be wondering what the typical Montessori classroom looks like. While it may have four walls and a roof like any other classroom, there is pretty much where the similarities end. To give you a better idea of what a Montessori classroom is like, here are three things you can expect:
1. Design– One of the things that separates a Montessori classroom from a normal classroom is the design. In a Montessori classroom you will find open areas that will help promote group activities. Another thing that you will notice is that there isn’t a regular setup of rows and desks. Instead each child is able to define his or her own personal workspace. The rooms are also designed with smaller sinks, lower counters, etc. This makes it easier for the students to take care of what they need without assistance from a teacher.
2. Materials– In a Montessori classroom you are going to find a wide variety of materials that the kids can use. A lot of the materials will help them to develop motor and spacial skills. As a student grows and develops their skills the teacher will replace the materials with ones that are better suited for them so that they are continually being challenged.
3. Teacher– One of the most important parts of a Montessori classroom is the teacher. The Montessori concept is centered around a three-way-partnership between the student, the teacher, and the parents. The teachers will work with parents and help them learn to teach and practice the same concepts in home. This will help give positive reinforcement to the children so that they learn quickly. The teachers are trained and will be able to help the kids learn at their own rate. They’ll encourage the students to explore and work on the things that interest them.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive overview of Adobe Montessori and our classrooms, curriculum, or our staff, we would be glad to help. Call today to schedule a time to come in and meet the staff! (480) 478-1899 Mrs. Root is looking forward to answering your questions!