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Prepared Environment

Step into a Montessori classroom or “environment” as we call it, and you will immediately notice that the space looks very different from other school settings. When a child first enters a Montessori environment, they often react with delight because “this is ‘just right’ for me!” Everything is scaled to the child’s size, including furniture, utensils, cleaning implements, and the Montessori materials themselves. This is the prepared environment: a meticulously arranged space designed to encourage the child’s growth and learning - physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. By the time the child is Upper Elementary, the environment has grown with them, and the furniture is almost adult-sized.

“Abundant research shows that movement and cognition are closely intertwined. People represent spaces and objects more accurately, make judgments faster and more accurately, remember information better, and show superior social cognition when their movements are aligned with what they are thinking about or learning. Conventional classrooms are not set up to capitalize on the relationship between movement and cognition. In contrast, Montessori has movement at its core.”

Angeline Lillard ,
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius