Our classroom environment is designed to encourage independence and create a space of order and beauty. The classroom design offers individual, small and larger table work options, as well as plenty of mat work space. We have a ‘cozy-area’ with some soft cushions, lounge chair, a bookshelf and a small shelf with soothing sensorial objects. The ‘cozy-area’ is right next to a window and is decorated with plants and a fish tank. This is a space where children can come for some quiet time, to rest, look at a book or simply sit and be.
All of the Montessori curriculum areas are sorted by shelves. Practical Life works are on blue trays and Art works on red trays, this helps children remember where works go and creates visual order. The routines and expectations of the classroom are supported by the prepared environment, meaning that children can follow daily procedures independently by having all they need accessible. They know where to find and can reach: towels, water sources, sweepers, their own clothes, blankets and sheets, food and of course all materials. In a Montessori classroom, the prepared environment is the curriculum.