A Montessori classroom
Each Montessori classroom is organized in such a way that learning materials are grouped in distinct subject areas. Generally the materials are put on shelves and arranged in their order of complexity. Children are free to move about the classroom, selecting materials to work on, using the bathroom as needed, taking time out to prepare themselves a snack, mopping up spills as they occur and only asking teachers or peers for assistance when they feel that they need it. Children feel that a Montessori classroom is their room, in the truest sense of the word 'their'. It is a child-sized, child-centred learning community that they help to maintain. Their efforts to share the space in respectful ways, promote social and emotional learning.
Every detail has a purpose
Although many of the same concepts used in designing furniture for the older child’s environment apply in an Infant / Toddler environment, due to the size and developmental age of these young children there are a number of important factors that must be considered. One of the key concepts in this environment is learning to be independent. Rather than using the traditional ‘high’ chairs, which rely on adult intervention, the furniture is lower in height and smaller in size. Take for example the Weaning Table and Chair, these pieces are specifically designed for an infant as young as 6 months. They ar e low to the ground and the seat of the chair is deeper to allow the infant to sit with cr ossed legs further enhancing their stability. The Infant shelves are open, and low to the ground with only a top and bottom shelf. This allows both the infant and the teacher to see through the shelves while maintaining a safe barrier. The Toddler tables and chairs stand a bit higher, and the Toddler shelving has a center shelf for additional material storage. Our Infant / Toddler line of furniture is made from birch wood and the finishes are double-coated lacquer to facilitate cleaning and for long-term durability.
Our chairs and tables comply with the EN 1729 European Standard, which is focused on optimum comfort and posture for the children. The frames and seats of the chairs are made of solid beech wood; the backs are formed of top-quality beech plywood. To facilitate cleaning and long-term durability, the non-toxic finishes are double-coated lacquer and there is a scratch-resistant coating applied to the tabletops.
Our Material Cabinets are 101 cm high, and there are several styles to choose from. In addition to shelving-only configurations, there are also Material Cabinets available with wooden shelves and Gratnells Trays. This type of storage is effective, efficient and looks good too.