Montessori Ideas: Glimpses of a Montessori Adolescent Environment

As many of you know, I get to work with an amazing group of Montessori adolescents as their teacher’s assistant.  Today I wanted to give you a small visual tour of some aspects of our environment and give you just a little taste of what we experience every day. You will notice that most of these pictures are outside. I adore how much time I (and the students) get to be outside everyday. Enjoy!

These are beans being grown in one of our organic beds. The students are responsible for their care. They even built the planter box it sits in.

The beans in one of our organic beds greet you as you enter the adolescent domain. The students are responsible for their care. They even built the planter box they sit in.

Then rooster and hen are fed and cared for daily by the students. They are also a hands on resource for science lessons.
The school’s chicken coup also greets visitors to the adolescent area. The rooster and hen are fed and cared for daily by the students. They are also a hands on resource for science lessons.

The anatomy of the chicken model sits on the reference shelf in the classroom for students to explore what makes our own chickens tick.
Inside the classroom, the anatomy of the chicken model sits on the reference shelf in the classroom for students to explore what makes our own chickens tick.

An orange ripens on the vine in the school's orchard. The students are the caretakers of the orchard and it serves as an extension of the classroom.

Heading outside once more, an orange ripens on the vine in the school’s orchard. The students are the caretakers of the orchard and it serves as an extension of the classroom.

The tables in the orchard are used by students during a work period, but most importantly they are used at lunch time. Yes, this is our cafeteria.

The tables in the orchard may be used by students during a work period, but more importantly they are used at lunch time. Yes, this is our cafeteria.

The pond is another learning environment that belongs to the whole school but is looked after by the adolescent students. It has also been used for lessons including a math exploration into finding the volume of the pond.

Through the gate, the pond is another learning environment that belongs to the whole school but is looked after by the adolescent students. It has also been used for lessons including a math exploration into finding the volume of the pond.

The classroom library houses computers, fiction, non-fiction, and reference books.

Back indoors, the classroom library houses computers, fiction, non-fiction, and reference books.

Oscar, the gecko, one of the livestock animals in the classroom gets some son with one of the weekly livestock attendants during chore time.
During the bustle of daily chores, Oscar, the gecko, one of the classroom animals gets some sun with one of the weekly livestock attendants.

A chime is used to signal transitions. Time to restore the classroom for the day. Thanks for coming on our little tour.

A chime is used to signal transitions. Time to restore the classroom for the day. Thanks for coming on our little tour.

2 thoughts on “Montessori Ideas: Glimpses of a Montessori Adolescent Environment

  1. Pingback: Top 5 Posts of 2013! | whiningisclosed

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s