At MMS children are exposed to many complex concepts at an early age through the use of the specially designed Montessori materials. These hands on learning materials enable the child to literally see and explore abstract concepts.
Many of these materials are somewhat of a mystery to both parents new to Montessori and even parents who’ve had children in a Montessori school for a few years! Hopefully this section helps all parents and anyone else wanting to know more about some well-known Montessori materials used.
Why is the morning work cycle so important in a Montessori education?
What are the Montessori materials and how do they enable your child to explore and learn?
Every Montessori class has equipment such as a broom, dustpan, brush, mop and duster that all the children can use. Child-sized and of good quality the equipment is used by younger children to practice sweeping, dusting and mopping. Their desire to repeat and repeat may result in the floor being swept even when it is clean. In our Lower and Upper Elementary Classrooms our children usually begin to notice when cleaning is required and mop only when water spills on the floor, or if the shelf is dusty. Other practical life activities that the Elementary children enjoy doing include window cleaning, mirror cleaning, floor washing, dusting and table scrubbing, as well as outside cleaning as well. Students in our Elementary classrooms use skills practiced in early childhood to take responsibility for caring for their classroom environment. They are all given a list of duties/chores to be completed during the day and most important at the end of the day to ensure that the classroom is well maintained. This gives the children a great sense of community and accomplishment.
Successful Montessori teachers guide their instructions with the fundamental principles of following the interests and needs of the child, working from the concrete to the abstract, and supporting the students in acquiring the practical life skills for future success. The work of the child is to explore their world through carefully prepared environments with the support and guidance of their teacher. We believe children have the ability to construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world and they are empowered to do so by having the choice and freedom to follow their own interest. We support this through focusing on individualization, citizenship and experiential learning.”
Michael Piper, Montessori Department Head, Coquitlam School District