An Observation at Glebe Montessori School
by S. Elizabeth Wisecup, Montessori Educational Consultant
During my observation of classrooms at Glebe Montessori School, it was evident how children naturally love to learn. Dr. Maria Montessori noted, “The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination.”
This is the philosophy that guides Montessori teachers in creating a “prepared” Montessori environment. A Montessori classroom is beautifully arranged with child size furniture and the shelves are filled with specific subject materials organized in sequential order. Great attention is given to the detail and beauty in the classroom, all supporting the requirements necessary to meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of each child.