Inside the Classroom
Beautiful, inviting and thoughtfully organized, space embodies every part of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach.
Natural lighting, soft colors, and tidy areas set the stage for activity that's centered and calm. Learning materials area unit displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students approach their work. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires. In this safe and empowering surrounding, students realize the joy in learning.
There are well-defined areas for every part of the program, like Language, Math, Sensorial, Practical Life and Culture.
Many classrooms have a section dedicated to peace and reflection. Each room is unambiguously suited to the wants of its students. Classrooms feature low sinks, chairs, and tables; a reading corner with tiny floor cushions, approachable shelves; and child-sized room tools elements that permit independence and facilitate the development of small motor skills.
Above all, every room is neat, well-organized, and welcoming, with couches, rugs, and flowers to assist youngsters and youth feel calm, making their transition from the home environment to the school environment easier.
Montessori Learning Materials
One of the signature elements of Montessori education is how it stresses the development of a child’s initiative and abilities through creating an environment that is conducive to a child.
At Wonderland Montessori Academy, we set up environments to meet the needs of students in 4 developmentally meaningful age groups- 6 weeks - 12 months, 12 months - 18 months, 18 months - 36 months and 3 years - 6 years.
The students learn through exploration, free-will, manipulatives, order, repetition and communication.
What is unique about the environment and the material that is applied in the Montessori environment is that most of the material are sensory based learning tools and they encourage hands-on learning. One of the key elements of these material is that they are designed with a visual control of error. Children can, during work easily correct their own errors. This helps them build on their problem solving and analytical skills
There’s always an order in life, and the relevance of order is no lost in a Montessori environment. Every material has a natural progression from easy to hard, left to right. The layout of each room and every material pays respect to the area that it addresses- Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Culture. This also helps children organize their thinking.
One of the key aspects of all Montessori material used within the classroom is the benefit of building fine motor skills in children. Every skilled educator would talk to a child about the marvel of their hands, how much they accomplish with them and how it ties into neural development. At Wonderland Montessori Academy, we understand how important it is to follow a balanced approach to the social, mental, physical and emotional development of a child. Through our approach we encourage the child to become independent learners for life.
The role of a Teacher in a Montessori classroom
In the Montessori environment, the role of a teacher is that of an enabler. They are more often than not, called “Directresses” or “Guides”, as the role requires them to be. A Montessori Teacher guides, observes, and helps create a calm and orderly environment. They would redirect behaviors and most importantly, would know when to step back and learn, as if she/ he was not there in the classroom.
As enablers, Montessori certified teachers are trained to assist children appreciate their own strengths and interests. The key aspects, as articulated by the Association Montessori International are:
1. Montessori Teachers see and respect the child as an individual
2. Teachers create a calm environment for the child to engross in productive work
3. They foster growth and independence, as well as social responsibility
4. Teachers assist children to progress at their own pace
It’s always a pleasure to discuss the multi-age grouping with parents that have little exposure to the Montessori pedagogy and share the insights that Maria Montessori instilled through the spread of her methodology, that today is being widely applied equally in private and public schools.
Dr. Maria Montessori divided children into age groups based on studies that showed a distinct “plane of development” that spanned 3-year periods, for cognitive development. These planes of development start right at Infancy, with the child’s ability to absorb and assimilate information.
Older students are encouraged to teach what they know, and they learn in the process of teaching, as they hone their leadership skills. Having the same educator for a period of 3 years helps the guide observe and understand the group through the entire length of the developmental plane. This leads them to being better at guiding a child and encouraging the child through their developmental stages through their own unique learning style and ability.
One of the most critical aspects of a multi-age grouping is to prepare the child for the real world and to build on their social and community skills. Studies have shown that Montessori children adapt better than their peers within a community.
After school programs
At Wonderland Montessori Academy, we understand and respect the challenges faced by a working parent. Our program is designed to help you be assured that your child would be picked up from the Elementary school, their homework would be focused on, and the child will be exposed to activities and peers that they could learn from. We ensure that your child has the time they need to wind down from a day full of studies, to wash up and enjoy a snack. They are then led through their homework and they get to stretch themselves and enjoy some fresh air and sunlight in our play areas. After School Teachers ensure that they have a program designed for the children to get exposed to learning and discovery through science, art and cultural projects.
Our After-School room is equipped with computers as we understand that children may need to research and read up for class assignments. They are also encouraged to read during their time at the after-school program, to help them build their love for books.
We help children become socially adept and help them become responsible for the community by engaging them in activities that make them connect with the outside world.