(Unit 5) Topic 5: Incorporating Montessori Elements in Program Planning
1 Clock Hour of Early Childhood Education
Topic 5 Page 4
While the usual classroom supplies such as crayons and paper are used in the Montessori classroom, there are also many materials that are specific to the Montessori Method. These include counting beads, dressing frames, practical life materials and more. These materials are hands-on and give students a tool to complete their work which also allows for a constant way for children to correct their own work without the need of the teacher. Over time, the materials and concepts become more challenging when the child is ready. Often, materials are arranged on trays or in shallow baskets that allow children to easily take the materials to a work mat which has been laid on the floor.
Students are arranged in their classroom, not by grade or age, but instead by a range of ages and ability levels. Often Montessori classrooms are organized by several traditional grade levels. You may find a Montessori preschool classroom which contains children from three to six years of age, a lower elementary classroom with children aged six to nine years of age, and more. Combining these different ages gives students a range of peers to collaborate with and mentor. This also gives children greater access to more challenging work, if they are in need of it.
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