The Prepared Environment
At MST we believe that the environment into which a child enters is a critical component of the educational program.
We create environments that are not only beautiful and inviting, but also allow the child to be successful. From child-sized chairs and shelves which make materials easy to access, to the materials themselves that are self-correcting and allow the child to work independently, we ensure that the environment nurtures the growth of the child.
Within this physical environment we also prepare the adult to be an observer of the individual child and give the lessons that a child needs at the moment that the child needs them.
The mixed-age nature of each environment means that all children are part of an community containing peers of different ages and abilities, performing a variety of tasks.
The prepared environment sets the stage for the child to work, learn, and grow to his or her full potential.
- Maria Montessori