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The Prepared Montessori Environment

To get a sense of the prepared environment in the classroom (including furnishings and didactic materials around the room) take a look at a few of the videos provided in this section.

The non-human components that make up the classroom are the didactic materials or learning games and the classroom furnishings.

“Montessori stressed the importance of the prepared environment for effective teaching and learning. This prepared environment is designed and intended to: 1) help the child grow, 2) help the child grow physically independent, 3) satisfy his basic needs and tendencies, 4) help the child become self-sufficient...” (De Jesus, 1987, p. 26).

Our adherence to the Montessori philosophy enables students to benefit from the instructional strategies that improve their achievement, such as individualize instruction, use of sensorial materials, choice in work, looping and encouragement of intrinsic motivation. A cornerstone of the CEMCO philosophy is to educate and involve the whole community.

Didactic Materials: “The didactic materials are designed to capture and stimulate the child’s curiosity… They are based on the materials used by Itard and Sequin in their attempts to educate mentally deficient children. The didactic materials are divided in four categories: daily living exercises (practical life) [typically for Pre-K and K students] sensorial materials, academic materials and cultural and artistic materials…
The materials progress from the concrete to the abstract and from the simple to the complex. The aim of the didactic materials is to educate the senses by means of repeated exercise. They develop the child’s ‘independence, self-confidence, concentration, compliance, coordination, and order’” (De Jesus, 1987, p. 27).

The didactic materials are well crafted, effective and expensive. Our classrooms will be equipped with didactic materials from Waseca, Montessori Research and Development and The Julian Group. See partial list of didactic materials and prices below.

Furnishings: Maria Montessori believed furnishings should be made of natural materials, like wood. It should be light in color similar to the didactic materials that engage the child. The furniture must be child size and it should be light weight so that the children can move it easily about the room. See partial list of furnishings and prices below.

Our CEMCO family, friends and the surrounding community can bridge the gap in funding shortfalls. Monetary donations are being accepted now. Your donation can be as small as $10 to large as you can imagine. Click here to donate now. Your donation will help bring two new classrooms to reality in FY17.

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