New Montessori Parent

An Introduction to the Montessori Preschool Classroom for New Montessori Parents

  • Circle time – These are daily gatherings of the whole Montessori class and occur at the beginning and end of the day as well as at transition times. Circle may include: calendar, singing, stories, science experiments, group lessons, problem solving.
  • Lessons/Activities – This is direct instruction by a teacher. Lessons (also referred to as activities) are usually presented one-on-one or in a small group. After a lesson is presented, your child may work on that activity any time it is available.
  • Work – A child’s work refers to a learning activity or set of Montessori materials. It includes direct and indirect aims, control of error, points of interest, and extensions. Work in the preschool classroom mostly consists of one- or two-person activities.
  • Mats – All work in the Montessori classroom, except written work, is done on mats. The mat clearly delineates the student’s personal work space. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home asking for a mat to work on!
  • Aprons – Students in the Montessori classroom are required to wear an apron for work involving polishing activities or art.
  • Snack – It is not unusual for snack to be a child’s favourite activity! Snack in the Montessori classroom is treated as a work. Snack is kept simple and is not meant to replace a healthy meal. Your child will also have a lesson on fruit preparation. Afterward, he will be able to prepare and serve the children fruit during the day.
  • Quiet or “Inside” voice – Children often need a lesson on finding and using their quiet voice in the classroom. This ensures a respectful working environment for everyone.
  • Practical Life – Practical Life activities are the traditional works of the family and home. They allow children to gain independence and self-discipline, develop gross and fine motor skills, build concentration, as well as indirectly prepare for math and writing. Maria Montessori observed that children prefer real work over imaginary work and real, child-sized tools are used.
  • Sensorial –Sensorial work covers every quality that can be perceived by the senses. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in the environment. The Sensorial and Practical Life work is unique to the Montessori classroom.
  • Grace and Courtesy – Preschool children are in a sensitive period for learning good manners and becoming aware of being part of a community. Common courtesies such as saying please and thank you, greeting visitors, serving food, holding the door open and pushing in chairs are presented as lessons to the children.
  • The Peace Table or Peace Place – Dr. Montessori recognized children as the redeeming factor in the evolution of humankind. The Peace Table (or Place) is a designated place where children can go to peacefully resolve conflict and work out their differences.

Open Door

We have an ‘Open Door’ policy where you are very welcome to come in and observe our children and teachers at work.


This will also give you an overall feel of how a Montessori school environment works.


Please contact me at your convenience so we can make arrangements for you to come in to view the school and / or come for an Observation during our morning Work-cycle.


We would be delighted to show you around and explain / show you how the Montessori Curriculum places the child at the centre of learning, exploration and discovery.


If you would like to come in for an Observation, we generally ask that you come in at about 8h30 and we can show you around and answer any questions you may have.


We look forward to meeting you and your child and trust we can soon help your child settle into our school.