The Prepared Environment is carefully maintained by the teaching team according to what they have observed is needed by the students. It is designed to create meaningful learning experiences for each student as s/he moves throughout the day. In each Montessori environment, there are several curricular areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Cultural Subjects (history/geography/science) and Art.
Each area is carefully arranged so every student will experience a logical sequence of lessons, leading from the most concrete to the increasingly abstract, to meet their individual needs.
Most lessons are presented to an individual student, or to a small group of students. After receiving a lesson, students are given time to explore and work with the materials on their own. Montessori materials are self-correcting and offer the ability to solve problems and be independent learners, thus thinkers. Large group lessons are presented to all students as a community-building tool.