Montessori Classrooms
What is Montessori
The Montessori Environment
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The primary classroom consists of twenty-four to twenty-five children ages three to six with two trained Montessori teachers and an assistant. Children in a multiage group learn how to get along with others, respect their rights and share in an environment where there is only one set of every material.

The prepared environment and the trained teachers are provided for the child's self-discovery, however, learning is not forced upon children, they learn according to their own pace.

In a multiage Montessori classroom older children will develop their self-esteem by helping the younger ones, they also learn social responsibility. The younger children will learn tremendously from the older ones.

The multiage classroom strengthens social development. Montessori is a distinct and unique alternative to other school programs, both public and private. Perhaps the most prominent difference is the mixed age grouping. The teacher shares his or her role as educator with the older children in the classroom.

The older students help the younger ones with materials and work that they have already mastered. This process, in turn, helps the older children solidify their own knowledge, as the repetition reinforces the learning process. Maria Montessori says: "The material is a help because we have only one set of material in a class and if one child is using the piece that another child wants, the latter must wait until the first child has finished with it and put it back in its place…The children do not give the material to each other but always put it back in its place when they have finished. So they have an exercise in patience and respect for others. All these little things help. They bring sympathy and understanding. It gradually brings a real harmony which could not be given artificially."

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