|The uncluttered, calming environment of the Montessori classroom helps students focus on the materials without distraction|
Children with attention disorders have a hard enough time focusing and concentrating without being constantly bombarded by the visual stimulus in the classroom.
Bulletin Boards and Class Decor in the Montessori Prepared EnvironmentThe Montessori school and classroom environment is one that promotes peace and tranquility. The use of natural wood shelves and materials along with soft neutral paint is meant to soothe the senses and attract the children to the Montessori materials and not to the decorations on the wall. Dr. Montessori said that her materials were to beckon the children to come use them. If the décor in the class is overwhelming, the materials remain unnoticed. The use of natural materials such as wood, bamboo, and fabric inspire not only a sense of beauty, but also a sense of respect and reverence for nature.
When you first walk into a Montessori classroom, you notice right away that it is different. Visitors often breathe a small sigh and visibly relax. Adults and children are drawn in because it is so peaceful and uncluttered.
|The prepared Montessori environment incorporates natural materials such as wood shelving|
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.