| The Montessori Environment
Many children working with deep concentration, an Adult observing acutely but
unobtrusively, a place filled with peace and vitally alive resulting from the
Following the Montessori Method of education, the teacher (here to be called
the Adult) first creates a place, an environment, for the children.
In this environment the Adult places those things which, in the over 100 years
of its existence, the Montessori method has found to be absorbingly
interesting and educationally exciting to children.
These things are added to or subtracted from depending on the needs of the
specific children involved. Some of the activities available to the preschool
child include: sensorial, writing, reading, arithmetic, geography, science,
practical life (cooking, cleaning, dressing, etc.), art, music, dance, gardening,
and many outdoor activities.
Then the children come. The Adult helps them acquaint themselves with how
to live in this environment and how to begin using the things the children find
From this point on, besides maintaining and developing the environment, the
Adult introduces the children to the activities in small groups or individually,
and protects the children disturbance from within the environment as well as
The Adult observes the children to discover which activities call forth the deep
concentration, the essence of the Method, and which developmental activity
each child is ready for next.
Once the children know that this is their place, their workshop and that the
Adult is there to help them and not to control them, they begin to demonstrate
the behavior that brought the Montessori Method its fame and devoted
followers: concentration, love of order, positive self-determination, long
attention spans, love of learning, consideration and care of others and a good
|Karen Ryce Presents...