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Environment Checked!

We, Montessorian educators, know that the environment is the vital medium in a child’s formative years. We know the importance of the environment in serving the young community. We know that the environment must provide the child with the necessary actvities for the most optimum development to occur. We know how crucial the role of the environment in a child’s life. SO, we pledge to observe the classroom environment by:

  1. making a list of what the children are not using over a whole week.
  2. analysing why children are not using the material

-does it  fulfil a development role or is it merely a surplus? get rid of the material if it’s not helpful.

-is the material hidden or tucked away? find a new place for the material.

-are there too many materials crammed on the shelves? minimize and simplify.

-does the material work well? try using it yourself before you display it.

-need a little TLC? make it shine.

-have you presented the material to the children? one man’s meat is another man’s poison. You might not have any interest in the dressing frames or long rods, but do bear in mind that children will ape the things you show interest or not show interest in. Make yourself to work with it, or consult with another colleague so that somebody in the classroom show the material to the child. Material must be presented to the child when it has a place on the shelf. If not omit it from the classroom.

Promise to plant the above ritual into your daily classroom observation and your children will thank you for it!

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April 8, 2009 - Posted by | Montessori Educational blogs

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Rani, Thanks for these info. I have my own pre-school in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and I use both Montessori method of teaching and the national pre-school curriculum to prepare the children when they go to primary school….
    Perhaps the education system here,should look into implementing some Montessori methods into the national curriculum huh?
    I feel sad that a child can’t continue to progress in the Montessori method when they continue their primary education ….. unless they go to an international school…
    well!! thanks again…..so much to read on your site…. 🙂

    Comment by lorraine | April 29, 2009

  2. Lorraine: Thanks for hopping here. Yes, the best thing is to see a Montessorian child experiencing the method from birth till primary and adolescent.
    Bear in mind that there are also other education methods similar to Montessori’s, like Steiner’s, so it’s kind of hard to pinpoint which is the better education for a child. I think as long as the national curriculum can work hand in hand with another holistic method in a school to the child’s advantage, that would certainly invite a round of applause.

    I would like to add your school into the list of Montessori Schools in Malaysia at my sidebar, if you don’t mind. Could you give me the school’s name, location and website? Parents from every part of the world would certainly appreciate it.

    Comment by rani | April 29, 2009


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