The Montessori Philosophy stresses the importance of the interactions between the child, the teacher, and the prepared environment. This prepared environment has the aim of rendering the child independent of the adult. Through the use of both didactic apparatuses and orderly, sequential materials, this is achieved. Montessori primary environments include the following areas of focus: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Science, Geography, and Art.
Montessori classrooms are designed to appeal aesthetically to the child. The shelving, furniture, and activities are constructed in proportion to the children and their needs. The walls are decorated with fine art, photographs of children, child-made quilts, and the children’s own work. Materials and activities abound on the shelves throughout the classrooms. All of our classrooms offer opportunities and materials to stimulate the children’s age-appropriate exploration and development. Our emphasis on prepared environments extends outdoors as well.