Welcome to our Children's House classroom
We welcome you to our Children’s House preschool, classroom. We invite you to observe the classroom and see first-hand the methods, materials and culture of our classroom.
In order to see the classroom as it normally operates, we ask that parents stay seated and quietly observe so that they have an authentic experience of the day-to-day classroom feel.
You will notice that most of the classroom is sized for the children in it. You will see a classroom environment that reflects how children really work, play, and learn providing work spaces for individual and group activities at tables and on rugs and mats. The classroom is set up so that each child can successfully navigate the classroom with curiosity and independence.
- Child initiated exploration in the classroom
- A child’s secure sense of independence
- The industrious and joyful hum of the classroom
- Degree of concentration demonstrated
- Kindness and Respect demonstrated to each other
- Children of varying ages working together
- Peaceful and calm body movements
Commonly Asked Questions
Why the absence of dolls, trucks, dress up and other traditional toys?
Montessori classrooms provide children opportunities for life skills such as: baking, food preparation, planting and tending real gardens, sweeping floors and cloth washing. There is value in dolls, trucks and make believe, however the focus of their time at school is on real-life experience.
Why is it so quiet in the classroom?
Montessori teachers lead by example by using a quiet classroom voice. The goal is to cultivate a learning space that allows children to focus and concentrate on the work of his/her choosing.
Can you explain the teachers’ role in the classroom?
The lead teacher's role in a Montessori classroom is less directive than is customary in traditional classrooms. A lead teacher's role is to guide children to their prepared environment and observe each child's interaction with the work. The teacher carefully prepares the environment by providing stimulating objects and by removing obstacles to learning. Typically a teacher will give a lesson to an individual child or small group, and then step back to allow the child to pursue the work independently. An assistant's role in the classroom is to help prepare and maintain the classroom, provide oversight to the classroom while the lead teacher is giving lessons, observe behaviors, model grace and courtesy and assist in each child's development of Independence.