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The Montessori School Environment

Children love a Montessori classroom environment. They like the opportunity to be with other children of their own age, and they like having so many interesting things to do. The room is attractive, with many carefully designed materials and activities from which they are free to engage themselves in. Montessori teachers are trained to care and guide, be patient and constructive in helping the children to grow. Always teaching respect and positive values through their modeling as well as through the way they teach. Children like the teacher and the classroom.

A Montessori classroom is well organised, with the intention of making all the materials visible and accessible for the children to find what they want and work without having to wait for the teacher. It is an exciting place to be. There are many interesting and beautiful resources for children to work, play and learn through an active process. The materials set out in the room are carefully designed with an educational purpose in mind. The children are free to move from activity to activity. The children can use the resource materials to make their own books, draw their own maps, and develop their own projects. The children are always engaged in purposeful activity which leads and develops the intelligence. The classroom is a busy and happy place to be.

The teachers are free to help individuals or in small groups. The teacher’s job is to prepare the classroom, set out the materials, and then observe the children and determine how to help. The teacher does not need to test the children because it is easy to see how the children are doing by observing their activities and guiding them to grow. The classroom is activity-centred rather than teacher-centred.

An inviting classroom atmosphere allows the child to experience the joy of learning and help them gain an understanding of self, develop sensitivity to others and master the tools and skills needed to pursue knowledge independently. Authentic Montessori education to children as by Dr. Maria Montessori are :

  • Practical Life Learn to perform daily task, such as, developing the independence and sense of responsibility of the child and also physical coordination.

  • Sensorial Develop the sensory-motor capabilities of the five senses. Sensorial education also provides the basis for other areas of development.

  • Language & Phonics English and Chinese language skills in hearing, speech, reading, writing and drama. The phonetic approach using sandpaper letters and the word-building kits takes new readers basic matching, word recognition and phrase-reading exercises to the point where they can confidently tackle sentences and stories.

  • Mathematics Montessori arithmetic is taught as early as three, by giving the child objects to hold, count and manipulate. These help him learn the fundamentals of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ensure a good math foundation before the child enters Primary One.

  • Cultural Geography, history and science concepts are illustrated by simple experiment, charts, stories and educational excursions.
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