Considering a Montessori School for your child? When you visit look out for these key indicators as to whether it is an authentic Montessori environment.
1) THIS: Flow,
Open room with low shelves.
Work area with child size tables and chairs.
Floor work area with mats and rugs.
Areas of work set on low shelves, age appropriate for Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Math.
Writing area with insets for design as well as other art activities such as cutting, gluing etc.
Culture Area/Knowledge of the World.
Snack table where children are free to come and go and eat snack if and when they want it.
Some Schools have boards for display, but no busy, distracting, murals or cartoons.
NOT THIS: walls full of stuff, worksheets laid out on tables, very little floor space. Star charts, progress charts, work lists, jobs lists etc.
2) THIS: Teachers engaging with the child individually or in small groups. Usually sitting on the floor. Encouraging participation.
6) THIS: Resolving conflicts peacefully and independently. With confidence to ask an adult for help if need be.
NOT THIS: Time out, never.
A classroom that can be maintained by all of the children as a community who care for their environment.
NOT THIS: Teacher driven.
Empower the Child.