The general principles of a Montessori Environment
Principles One – Three
Mixed ages of the children is crucial; they learn from one another, care for each other, and help to eliminate the crutches that would occur if the children were all the same age. The children gain more independence and have less dependence on the Directress.
The classroom is a prepared environment for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. The classroom contains only materials that respond to the developmental stages of a child from 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. There are no toys as the Montessori materials fulfill the various needs of the children at all stages. The classroom is clean, tidy, and encourages independence.
Lessons/presentations are given only when the child is ready. Generally lessons are given individually, however some lessons are given in a small group setting. Before a lesson is given the child must have successfully completed any preparatory lessons. If the concepts of the preceding lessons have not been absorbed then the probability of success will be minimal.