Montessori materials were created by Dr. Maria Montessori after careful observations and are scientifically proven to be effective in a classroom.
Montessori materials have some unique characteristics like being simple, beautiful, made of natural materials, have “isolation of difficulty”and “control of error” inbuilt in them etc.
They add a sense of calm and peace in a child’s life and in the classroom amidst the busy technology filled hectic lives that we all currently live in.
But most Montessori educators do add “supplemental materials” in addition to the basic Montessori materials , which they feel may keep children engaged better, keep them occupied during the 3 hour work cycle or may be because the classroom just feels full with lots of materials.
These supplemental materials might take the child away from “learning” with the hands -on scientifically proven Montessori materials.
Here’s an article that states the research outcome of “Removing supplementary materials from Montessori classroom” conducted by Angeline S. Lillard and Megan J. Heise. Removal of supplemental materials
So, what belongs in a Montessori classroom: Check list here
Something for all of us to think about as we prepare our classrooms for the next school year….