“Order is one of the needs of life which, when it is satisfied, produces a real happiness.” Maria Montessori, 1973
Dr Montessori believed that children thrive on order and structure and that children learn through their senses. In our Baby Steps classroom we foster both order in the environment and exploration through the senses.
Order plays a very important part in the lives of young children. Order consists in recognising the place for each object in relation to its environment and in remembering where each item/activity should be. Such an awareness is essential for a child to feel secure within their environment and to build on existing experiences. Order in the environment supports the young child to feel safe and confident with their surroundings.
The young child explores their environment through all their senses, much more so than an adult. Movement (Vestibular) and spatial awareness (Proprioception) are vital components of our senses. Movement brings children in touch with the world around them. They learn through everything they see, touch, smell, taste and hear. Being allowed to explore the things they find helps to make those very important connections in their brains. Children are born to move, and helping them to move freely right from the moment of birth enables them to build their intelligence.
Great emphasis is therefore put on order within the Montessori classroom especially in the early Baby Steps and Toddler environment which is often the first introduction to a setting outside the home. By ensuring that everything has its place, and that the environment is designed to be as accessible as possible for children to explore, they can then be given the maximum freedom to move and develop.
Dr Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people.
Happy exploring together,