This is the seventh of 12 Ways Montessori Schools are Different from Traditional Classrooms, a free Montessori guide that can be downloaded from our website.
Montessori classrooms are intended to be exciting and fascinating places where children love to learn. We use natural lighting and soft colors, keep our spaces uncluttered, and arrange materials on open shelves so that children can access them easily. We believe that a harmonious, ordered, and calm classroom encourages learning.
Because we place such an emphasis on personal choice, Montessori classrooms are divided into different sections for various activities. There are quiet corners for solo learning projects and larger areas where students can work together in groups. A child might choose to sit for a time in the space devoted to peace and reflection or curl up in the classroom’s library on a soft floor cushion. He or she might investigate the Language Arts or Math areas for a lesson on vocabulary words or counting.
What you won’t find in a Montessori classroom is rows of desks. We believe that children thrive in warm and inviting learning environments, and to this end you’ll find our classrooms filled with rugs, flowers, and comfortable furniture. Students work at tables built to their height or on colorful mats on the floor. We don’t display pictures of cartoon characters or movie stars. Our walls are covered with framed photographs or posters from the local museum, as well as students’ artwork.
If you’ve been searching for an exceptional preschool in the South Bay/San Diego region, we’d love the opportunity to give you and your child a tour of Montessori American School to see if we’re a good fit. Call (619) 422-1220 or drop us a note to schedule a tour.