A Montessori classroom is very different from a traditional classroom:
Children develop at different rates. For that reason Montessori education “follows the child”. Children are given lessons with self-contained, self-correcting materials that teach the next concept on any path of understanding. From that point the child is free to take that lesson off the shelf as their work. Once that concept has been internalized, the directress will present the next lesson on that path to the child. In this way each child develops as quickly as they can without being pressured to “keep up with the group” or being made to “slow down to wait for the group”.
A Montessori classroom is a thing of beauty! The lessons on the shelves are beautifully made and displayed in an orderly way to entice young hands to touch. Clutter and chaos have no place in a Montessori classroom. Everything in a Montessori classroom has a purpose and a role in the development of the child.