The Montessori Framework is one that nurtures the whole child, and encourages children to have ownership of what they are learning and master skills at their own pace. A Montessori classroom is flexible enough to allow children who prefer to spend a long time on quiet tasks to flourish alongside children who prefer to engage for a shorter time on more boisterous tasks.
Within this framework for all children is the teaching of respect, both for classroom materials and their classmates and teachers.
The Montessori classroom is usually filled with natural light, with everything from tables,chairs and shelving to washing up stations at child height, so the children can engage freely with all elements of their environment. The Montessori approach makes use of beautiful, brightly coloured learning items made from natural materials – as well as lots of things from every day life, from oranges for juicing to watering cans to take care of the garden.
Montessori philosophy believes that children are creating their building blocks for life from the ages of 0 to 6 years and are naturally interested in learning and engaging with what they see around them. Montessori teachers help this process, by initially showing children how activities can be done and then allowing children to explore activities for themselves, and to work with them in their own unique way.