The Prepared Environment

When embarking on a time of learning from home, our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine. It is important to us that the children’s activity during this time be enjoyable, thoughtful, challenging, and rewarding.

Replicating what happens in our classrooms is not something we can achieve during this period. Our goal is to work in collaboration with families to keep alive the culture of learning that is unique to Montessori and provide families with support and activities that match the developmental needs and characteristics of each child in our community.

How do we establish this at home?

The Montessori philosophy is all about the process. While completion of work is important, it is our approach that makes all the difference. Learning is most effective when it is within a greater context. When we connect subjects and concepts, we establish meaning which fuels motivation in students. Above all, we want children to feel connected to their learning, not simply “complete assignments” while at home.

Learning together with a sense of exploration, curiosity, and discovery results in deeper and more meaningful experiences for children. This instills a great sense of ownership and responsibility for the child.

The Prepared Environment for our Toddler and Primary Students

For our younger students, the learning environment is your home and surroundings. This means finding ways to support independence, engage in meaningful tasks, and supplement learning through various activities suggested by teachers.

The Prepared Environment for our Elementary and Adolescent Students

For our Upper Elementary and Adolescent Program students, this will mean all of the above, plus establishing a quiet space, expectations and routines for any specific assignments shared by teachers.

Where age-appropriate you might like to discuss learning from home with your child and include them in some decision-making processes:

  • Ask them where to set up their space (if) applicable
  • Make a schedule together that works for your family (when to take breaks / have time outdoors etc)
  • Gather ideas for activities and projects
  • Organize materials

For our older students, it will be important for them to maintain their routine of handing in work and receiving feedback from your teachers. Overall we can approach this as an opportunity to be creative and collaborative – we are here to help you through this process.

Thank you also to Tokyo Montessori and Arbor Montessori School for additional content, as well as the numerous Montessori collaborators worldwide who have helped supply ideas and activities that we could pull from. This journal is a testament to the spirit of cooperation and work in service to the children of the world.

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