A parent's dialogue with a child is another key element in developing respect with the child. It not only increases verbal skills, but also increases the child?s level of trust. On an emotional level, a parent is able to help a child begin to label and therefore understand complex emotional states. Communication becomes a cornerstone for a child assessment of availability, helpfulness, and trustworthiness of a parent.
Every activity has its place in the classroom and is self-contained and self-correcting. The original didactic materials are specific in design, conforming to exact dimensions, and each activity is designed to focus on a single skill, concept, or exercise. All of the material is based on SI units of measurement (for instance, the Pink Tower is based on the 1 cm cube) which allows all the materials to work together and complement each other, as well as introduce the SI units through concrete example. For example, manipulative materials initially used to allow the child to analyze sense impressions are also designed to improve fine motor coordination needed for writing.
The Montessori Classroom or Prepared Environment
The multi-aged classroom has children in ages 3,4,5 and 6. It provides a positive educational experiences for the children. When visiting a Montessori classroom, you may be intimidated by all the strange looking "stuff" on the shelves.
The "prepared environment" is Maria Montessori's concept that the environment can be designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. Our Montessori prepared classroom provides full range of Montessori materials, which allows children to enjoy ?freedom within a structured environment?
The first years of a child's life constitute the most critical period for his/her self-development. A child-centered prepared environment best enables a 2 ½ to 6-year-old child to learn basic concepts, skills, attitudes and values. The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. The holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning and to develop self-esteem and independence.