What does that mean?
The Montessori classroom is an environment prepared by the adult for children. It contains “all the essentials for optimal development but nothing superfluous.” Guides carefully choose materials to invite children’s curiosity and self-discovery, as well as materials that reinforce their planned lessons.
According to AMI, “attributes of a prepared environment include order and reality, beauty and simplicity.” Each area of the classroom is designed around a central purpose: mathematics, geography, practical life, language, music, botany, culture, etc. Everything is child-sized to enhance the children’s independent functioning.
A trained adult and a large enough group of children of mixed ages make up a vital part of the prepared environment.
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