The Prepared Environment

1018 WordsSep 27, 20115 Pages
THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. In a Montessori Infant/Toddler room, the prepared environment is very important. It is designed to meet these goals: * Be attractive, welcoming, and conducive to learning * Have a space large enough to accommodate all the children, providing them with free and comfortable movement * Provide areas for all the activities each day * Provide and store equipment for the personal care of young children * Provide materials designed with a self-correcting control of error * To allow the adults to view all the children and get to them quickly as necessary The Montessori…show more content…
Uncluttered and well-maintained, the environment should reflect peace and tranquility. The environment should invite the learner to come in and work. This atmosphere is easily seen by the attitude of those working there, both child and adult. NATURE AND REALITY Montessori had a deep respect and reverence for nature. She believed that we should use nature to inspire children. She continually suggested that Montessori teachers take the children out into nature, rather than keeping them confined in the classroom. This is why natural materials are preferred in the prepared environment. Real wood, reeds, bamboo, metal, cotton, and glass are preferred to synthetics or plastics. It is here where child-size real objects come into play. Furniture should be child-size so the child is not dependent on the adult for his movement. Rakes, hoes, pitchers, tongs, shovels should all fit children’s hands and height so that the work is made easier, thus ensuring proper use and completion of the work without frustration. SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT Where there is freedom to interact, children learn to encourage and develop a sense of compassion and empathy for others. As children develop, they become more socially aware, preparing to work and play in groups. This social interaction is supported throughout the environment and is encouraged with the nature of multi-age classroom
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