Harmony and peace are major components to the Montessori classroom environment. Montessori teachers focus on teaching harmony and grace in the very first days of class. Along with teaching those virtues, a peaceful environment is also encouraged. This is why many Montessori classrooms require children to wear slippers in class as opposed to hard-soled shoes. Staff members and children are also encouraged to use calm and quiet voices.
Respect is also a very important component of Montessori classrooms. Students are taught about different cultures, holidays, events, and more and are instilled with the priority of respecting diversity. For example, some Montessori classes or schools will focus on educational units revolving around different cultures worldwide. Some will include performances, foods, musical influences and language lessons.
The Montessori classroom may also have sparse decorations which are easy on the eyes. Bright colors are discouraged, and instead a warmer, less harsh color palette in paint, furniture, posters, and materials are preferred.
How to create a Montessori environment:
Model appropriate voice levels.
Avoid classroom decorations that include bright and distracting colors.
Include materials that support a peaceful environment and do not cause disturbances in the classroom.
Encourage students to wear soft soled shoes or slippers.
Use materials that engage all 5 senses, from decorations and learning materials, to furniture and snacks.
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