What is a Montessori school ?

What is a Montessori school all about …

Is it the The Montessori materials ?
Big grand entryway?
A computer lab ?
Colorful murals on the wall ?
Big indoor gym ?
Cameras in the classroom ?
High ceilings in classroom to make it look grand.
The list can go on and on …

I have been in a Montessori classroom for over 10 years, done my internship at a school, observed several schools and attended interviews at a few in the past- so my opinion of what a “Montessori school” should ideally be is as follows :

A simple home like setting with neutral painted walls.

Classroom with Montessori materials , big enough to accommodate 20 + children without restricting their movement, a real kitchen preferably with a dishwasher , oven, counter space to comfortably include cooking /baking as part of the curriculum, neutral wood tables and chairs, child size shelves with very simple art on the walls representing nature /world we live in.

Live plants in the classroom.

Beautiful real flowers for children to do flower arranging.

Pets – birds, fish , rabbit etc in entry way /library in a simple setting. This is optional but would be nice to have.

Nice outdoor garden space for children to participate in gardening and enjoy the benefits of their effort.

Large windows and Good natural lighting in the classrooms.

Nice big backyard for children to run around and play.

Personal touch offered by school administration and teachers to welcome all families at the school.

The most important thing that makes a school a “ Montessori school “ is the staff having a complete understanding and respect for the Montessori philosophy, implementing it on a daily basis and always believing in “ Follow the child”.

Montessori is not just a term , not a cookie cutter approach to ensure higher academic success , it’s a scientifically proven approach which encourages all round development of a child.

What do you think ?




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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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