St. John’s school is adopting the Montessori Method for the coming school year, and many parents may be wondering, why Montessori? One of the best ways to better understand a Montessori education and its benefits is to take a look inside the classroom. Every part of the classroom is designed to inspire learning, providing an empowering, safe, and inspiring environment where children can find the joy that comes with learning.
Montessori Classroom Design
Montessori classrooms are designed to let students make choices. Some spaces are designed for students to learn alone, while others are designed for group activities. You won’t see rows of desks in the classroom, you’ll see workspaces at tables, or even on the floor. The classroom design inspires, and you’re likely to see photographs, paintings students created, or posters from museums. Well-defined spaces exist for all parts of the curriculum, such as Math, Culture, and Language Arts. Each area features display tables or shelves that offer multiple attractive materials for student enrichment. Of course, the classroom design always features a spot where students can curl up with a book, and most importantly, every classroom is organized, comfortable, warm, and inviting.
Montessori Learning Materials
The Montessori Method focuses on providing students with hands-on learning opportunities, so you’ll find that the Montessori classroom includes learning materials that students can investigate and manipulate to master lessons. Learning materials look attractive and beg to be touched, and they’re beautifully displayed on shelves or tables where children can easily access them. Every material works to teach a single concept or skill, helping students learn new skills independently. As students learn and progress, teachers introduce new materials to continue challenging students to learn new skills.
Montessori Teachers Serve as Guides
Within the Montessori classroom, teachers serve as guides to learning. Teachers focus on preparing the classroom environment with activities and materials that get students learning. While teachers may help guide students through new challenges and lessons, learning occurs by the interactions that children engage in with the classroom environment. Instead of being the focus of attention in the classroom, teachers observe, consult, and guide in the classroom.
Harmony and Respect in the Classroom
Walk into a Montessori classroom and you’ll notice that children are busy, yet they use modulated voices and respectful tones. Harmony and respect are encouraged within the classroom, and students work together within the environment to keep spaces organized. This method teaches children to work within a community, working independently at times while helping and working with other students at other times.
The Montessori classroom encourages independent learning and creative thinking, teaching students lessons that they’ll use for a lifetime of success. Contact us today to schedule your tour of St. John’s and explore our classrooms yourself.
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