Order in the Montessori Environment
“The children in our schools are free, but that does not mean there is no organisation. Organisation, in fact, is necessary … if the children are to be free to work.”
Visitors to our school are often surprised by how ordered the classrooms appear and how calm the children are.
Dr Montessori believed that an organized environment supports children to develop internal organisation. More recent research provides strong evidence that order promotes positive development including cognitive growth.
We are privileged in our school to be extremely well resourced. However, this means that teachers need to be very careful about how they prepare their classrooms to ensure that materials are ordered and that children can easily find what they need.
Teachers spent many hours over the summer holidays de-cluttering and beautifying their classrooms. In Week 1 teachers encouraged children to take ownership of their classroom and take pride in looking after it.
When you walk around the school you will also notice that all the internal brickwork has been painted white making the school look lighter and cleaner. The Preschool has also had a major renovation as we have purchased new furniture and created a warmer, more homely look. Please feel free to pop in after school and have a look.