Montessori Education

The classroom at Roots & Wings


Activities in:


    * Practical Life

    * Sensorial

    * Mathematics

    * Language

    * Cultural




Roots & Wings

Montessori Kid’s House


611 3rd Street

Kalona, Iowa 52247

(319) 656-2526

This is a method of individualized instruction stressing independent learning. It is an approach to education which develops a child’s potential by means of a prepared environment, utilizing specifically-trained teachers and self-correcting materials.

What is a “prepared environment?”

This is a classroom which maintains a certain order in which a child can feel free to develop at his own speed, according to his own capacities, and in a non-competitive environment.

What is the role of the teacher?

The Montessori teacher is called a “directress” for she teaches largely by directing. She may plan the classroom activity, prepare the environment, and be there to answer requests or fulfill apparent needs—but it the self-motivation of the child which gives the impulse to learning.

What is the Montessori Method?

How is the child self-motivated?

When a child is absorbed in an activity he begins to learn. A three-year-old learns “with his hands,” through manipulation and experimentation. Exposure to the great variety of classroom materials helps him sharpen his senses—and leads him to discover step-by-step fundamental concepts which prepare him for writing, reading and the development of number concepts.

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What are “sensitive periods?”

Dr. Montessori discovered that the ages of 2-1/2 to 4, particularly, are periods when children display amazing capabilities. These are the years when a child can more easily learn ideas, absorb impressions, and acquire skills than any other time in his growing period.

How does the child learn to cooperate?

Social adjustment is a necessary condition for learning in a classroom, but it is not the purpose of education. When working alone the child is often imperious to everything else going on in the classroom. Yet in the free flow of independent activity the children develop both friendships and working relationships. Learning goes beyond manipulation of specific equipment to learning in interaction with other children. Older children help younger ones; one child learns to do something by observing another child; several children cooperate to accomplish an involved task.

What about discipline?

In the classroom specially-designed materials help allow a child to correct his own errors as he learns. These range from the practical—washing, buttoning, tying—to the intellectual—language, mathematics, reading. This is an “inner discipline,” a personal control, which the child develops in himself.

What is the Montessori concept of a free individual?

Freedom is a goal, not a starting point. The Montessori Method introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age, providing them with a framework of self-confidence and self-discipline. Thus the child is free to do and see and learn for himself, through his own senses and not through the eyes of an adult.

Should the Montessori principles be followed at home?

Ideally, a child will be happier if his parents and others at home reinforce the respect for his individuality that is present in Montessori classrooms. At this age his intellectual  and social progress should go hand-in-hand.

What about the future?

A child who has had Montessori training is usually more advanced and well-adjusted when he enters the elementary grades. As for his future, he has more than a good chance of becoming a happy, self-sufficient adult—with a lasting love of learning and a constant bent toward personal creativity.




Montessori Kid’s House