Montessori environments can be intimidating.
How are you supposed to know what you need, what you don’t need and how to set it all up?
Well, I am so glad you asked because that is exactly what this training is about.
If you have been wondering how to move forward in setting up your Montessori environment, but don’t know how to do it right, then come watch this training!
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As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Know that Montessori environments don’t have to look a certain way
The truth is that you can browse all day and all night at the most amazing and beautiful Montessori environments on Instagram.
This can have two effects on you…
It can either inspire you and motivate you, which is a good thing.
But it can also deflate you and discourage you from wanting to do Montessori because you feel that it will be impossible for you to replicate what they are setting up.
But here’s another truth: Montessori environments don’t have to look a certain way.
You make your environment the way that it will work for you and the children that you are working with.
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create.”~ Dr. Montessori
So, keep in mind that your Montessori setup doesn’t have to look this way or that way.
It must meet the needs of the children in your learning environment.
If it doesn’t, it can be the most beautiful place in the world, but it will do nothing for children.
Think practical with freedom of choice. Think orderly with structure and order.
Think useful and child friendly. Think inspirational with freedom of movement.
#2 You have to learn more about how to set up your Montessori environment
You are the Montessori Guide, the teacher, the mastermind behind the entire Montessori classroom setup.
The key to high quality Montessori learning in creating a space at home or at school is to know how to do it right.
Whether you are doing Montessori at home or at school, you need to know more than knowing that you need shelves and original Montessori materials.
“Our work is not to teach, but to help the absorbent mind in its work of development. How marvelous it would be if by our help, if by an intelligent treatment of the child, if by understanding the needs of his physical life and by feeding his intellect, we could prolong the period of functioning of the absorbent mind!”~ Maria Montessori
Like I mentioned before, you, as the Montessori teacher, will put in all of your effort and attention first on observing your children.
Next, you will determine their Sensitive Periods.
And finally, you will work at creating a Montessori environment completely customized to serve the children in your class.
#3 You don’t have to own all of the Montessori materials out there to get started
That is right!
Whether you are focusing on fine motor skills, Practical Life or anything that promotes independent learning, you can get very creative.
You can use the same original or handmade Montessori materials for several purposes and this is one of my favorite things to teach my clients about inside The Montessori Way Foundations Framework.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”~ Maria Montessori
Your goal is to make your environment Montessori friendly and affordable for you.
See, The Montessori Method isn’t as hard and as expensive as you think.
Montessori educators that discover this feel so much freer to do more with less, so learn more about the environment setup in the Showinar and then decide what materials you need to get.
- Know that Montessori environments don’t have to look a certain way
- You have to learn more about how to set up your Montessori environment
- You don’t have to own all of the Montessori materials out there to get started
- Sign up for the free “3 Steps to Organize your Montessori Environment” Showinar
Resources mentioned in training
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