Sep 23, 2007

the montessori classroom

I thought that some of you might find a photo tour of a Montessori Children's House quite useful. Skip on over to my Flickr page where you will find many photos of my classroom with helpful notes for each photo.

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I hope this gives you some ideas for how to set up your own learning environments!

This weekend has been SO productive ... can't quite yet tell you why, but I can't wait to spill the beans sometime soon! Crafting has been put on the back burner for these past few weeks, but now that this BIG THING is done, all those projects lined up on the craft conveyor belt can start moving once again.

Hope you've had a pleasant autumnal equinox.

Thanks for readin'.

Meg

16 comments:

Marcy said...

What a beautiful classroom environment you have 9both indoor and out)! I am years away from setting up my own classroom, but always love seeing how other rooms are set up. It's also nice to have pictures to help explain to others what a Montessori classroom looks like. =)

Wendy said...

I looked through your Flickr pictures and your classroom is beautiful!

elleryolivia said...

Thanks so much for sharing--it's so nice to get such a detailed glimpse into your room. It's quite lovely, and very inspirational even for those of us just trying to set up things at home for our own children. I imagine these photos of your classroom will be very dear to you next year when you are back in the states!

Robyn said...

First off, I think your classroom is just beautiful! Also, I can't wait to hear what your big news is.
Finally, I must say that I don't agree with everything about Montessori, but there are several things that really strike a chord with me and that I want to implement in my home for my two kids. The problem I have is space. I have very little shelf space. Could you maybe give suggestions on ways in which I might be able to include some of the activities for my kids with limited space. Also, do you have things you consider essential in a preschool type environment that might allow me to utilize my limited space. Thank for your help!

Susan said...

Beautiful classroom. I put a leaf shaped sponge by the watering can this morning and it was very effective. I am wondering about what type of Pumpkin soap you use for polishing the leather shoes, where to get it and etc. Thank you Susan Dyer

Bethany Hissong said...

This brings back memories!!! We love Montessori! And it is amazing how so many different cultures share the same type of classroom. I am excited by all the wonderful comments of interest on your Flickr photos.
One thing that my children's teacher did was to put paint colors out that reflected the seasons. This was changed often. My daughter did the most beautiful paintings there! Sometimes one paint color is very frustrating. Children have a natural tendency to choose beautiful color combinations and compositions. That is why you hear adult artists say they try to think like a child! Try analagous colors, one brush in one jar of paint for each color to avoid mixing with the brushes. Caroline did one in winter with blue, really light blue and an icy light green that I loved. Sometimes they would lightly draw the outline contour of a tree or something for the children to paint...no details, just a 'starting point'.

tiffany said...

Wow, what an amazing classroom you have! Very fascinating to see. We just started to home-school our 3 very young kiddos and I am so jealous of this fantastic set up you have for your students. They are lucky kids! :)

posiepatchwork said...

Why haven't i found you before?? Hello & greetings from Darwin, right up the top of Australia, in the remote tropics. Fear not, we do have a Montessori School (no department stores though), my eldest started there in 2002. My husband is in the Army so we move around the country, a lot. Have to comment on the ball you have posted a few back, a girlfriend of mine (a high school teacher) makes them from my remnants & i sell them at the markets, perched on a vintage wire cake stand. I'd never seen them before, until her mother made some for her sons. So i asked for more. I'm thinking of selling them as kits too, as they are labour intensive. They are stunning & i sell them as a toy for babies to stick their finger in the groovy & they'll hold them up & gaze at them for hours. Gorgeous, complicated & beautiful work. I posted some images of them on my blog, in a "how to do markets" post. Happy days. Did i read you were pregnant?? Congratulations, best job ever being a mother. We have 4 with twins in the middle, fantastic combination. I work from home, sewing, glady gave away a career as a pharmacologist, yawn. Love Posie
PS the Montessori Classroom looks just like our school here in the Northern Territory

Brenda said...

Your classroom is beautiful. It seems like you have a lot of space to work with. How many square feet is your classroom? Thanks so much for sharing!

Shandy said...

Thank you for the tour of your beautiful space! I love seeing all your special, handmade touches--the tea cozy, the embroidered envelopes, the smocks and so on. A few weeks ago I had googled Montessori clasrooms and found a few examples, but they were not too detailed. These photos are really inspiring. I recently downsized my little one's toys(there are still too many though...) and put them in baskets on her toy shelf. We are all enjoying the new order in our lives. MANY thanks for your generous spirit.

Meg McElwee said...

Posie - nope, I'm not pregnant yet ... although that would be nice! Someday soon ... :)

Meg McElwee said...

Brenda, I'm not sure how big the classroom is, but it's not huge, by any standards.

tiffany... said...

the best thing about this all... even though we're in different parts of the world... our classrooms have all the same goodness in them!

dhara1103 said...

hiii...is there any way to save or download the pictures form flicker...
Actually I need it for the research thesis.
thanks

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