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The materials of the Montessori room

The Materials Of Montessori Room

The Montessori materials are a significant component of the prepared environment.  Dr. Montessori believed that if children are given access to materials especially designed to support their development, they have the capacity to learn by their own actions.

A Montessori Prepared Environment nurtures the natural excitement and curiosity of learning by offering a variety of materials to stimulate and intrigue the child.  Children can hold cylinders and spheres and work with imbucare boxes to master their visual discrimination skills.  The materials demonstrate understanding and serve as the base that will clarify difficult abstract concepts in all future learning.

The specially constructed equipment is made from natural materials and designed through observation of the developmental needs of the child.  It provides the opportunity for a child to work on tasks for extended periods of time, thus supporting the development of concentration.  As the children work they are also able to gauge their performance because of the in-built “control-of-error” in many of the materials.

The Materials Of Montessori Room

The grading of materials provides a safe environment for children of differing abilities, both those who have learning difficulties and those who benefit from acceleration, to grow without being singled out.

The materials are on display on open shelves and are designed to:

  • Capture attention
  • Invite interaction and manipulation
  • Encourage precise use
  • Extend concentration
  • Act as an indirect preparation for future learning
  • Build confidence through self-correction
  • Support the development of orderly work habits and persistence at the task

A child’s work is to create the man he will become. An adult works to perfect the environment but a child works to perfect himself.

Maria Montessori


The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment.

Maria Montessori


Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement,
the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.

Maria Montessori


Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success.

Maria Montessori


A place of beauty,simplicity and order. A place where they feel secure to trust their own powers.

Maria Montessori


Movement is another of the child’s great acquisitions.

Maria Montessori


The child who has never learned to act alone, to direct his own actions, to govern her own will, grows into an adult who is easily led and must always lean upon others.

Maria Montessori


Focus on the child’s needs within the context of family by recognising and responding to the unique influence that a family has in a child’s life; by working in partnership with families in meeting the child’s individual needs.

Maria Montessori