Montessori Materials

Written by Tara Peris
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Acquiring an effective collection of Montessori materials is one of the most challenging aspects of being a Montessori teacher. As the core curriculum is built around creative exploration, teachers must have fresh, engaging learning activities ready at all times. As veterans will tell you, this is no easy task.

Montessori methods are built on the idea that children learn best through direct interaction with their surroundings. Thus, stimulating, creative classroom activities are a pre-requisite for any Montessori setting. This keeps teachers on their toes, as children tire quickly of the same old learning stations, and must be presented with novel activities on a regular basis.

Finding Montessori Materials

Although teacher training provides some basic guidance as to how to develop Montessori materials, instructors are ultimately on their own. Over the years, veteran teachers acquire all manner of fun, effective learning activities; it is the newcomers who have a tough time. Luckily, there are several reliable sources of assistance.

The Montessori Foundation is committed to helping teachers perform well in the classroom. To this end, they have numerous suggestions for classroom activities. It is also possible to collaborate with other instructors online, by exchanging activity albums. It takes some persistence, but once a basic stock of activities has been acquired, it's smooth sailing in the classroom.

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