• Hands on experiences
• Individualized learning
• No graded evaluations
• Teacher is the guide, observer, and helper
• Complete “cycle” of activity
• Freedom to move and work in the classroom
• Environment offers freedom and boundaries
• Children are encouraged to help each other
• Children set their own pace
• Children make discoveries
• Provides for a sense of order
• Learning is self-motivated
• Materials are self-correcting
• Sensitive periods are recognized
• Bond with teacher is long term
• Nutritious organic snacks are served
In the Montessori Preschool, five distinct areas constitute the prepared environment:
1. Practical Life enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of environment, exercise of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
2. Sensorial enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, etc..
3. Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
4. Language Arts include oral language development, written expression, reading, and the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading develop through the use of sand paper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
5. Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.