The environment is the school in its entirety, inside and outside. It also encompasses social contact with other children and the rules of the school. The ‘work material’ on the shelves is set out in a way in which every child can see and access it. The classroom is the child’s space. This means that in return each child is responsible for the classroom as well as the material in it. This is the only way children learn to master their environment. By assuming responsibility they grow in confidence and self-esteem.The important characteristics of a Montessori Environment are
- Accessibility, beauty, order, simplicity and reality.
- Freedom to move around within few guidelines that enable them to work either individually or in a group.
- Specifically designed materials with built-in control of error and which aid in the most natural development of the child both cognitively as well as socially.