Montessori Principles: The Prepared Environment

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Presenter: Nancy Lindeman 
Representing: Institute for Montessori Innovation, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
For: Montessori school leaders interested in an overview of Montessori concepts


This presentation is part of a package of 5 webinars available for a 90-day rental via Vimeo On Demand. You may watch all 5 webinars any time and as often as you like within your rental period. 

$150/package of 5 webinars (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)


The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. — Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood

The carefully prepared classroom environment is central to the Montessori Method and is often referred to as the second teacher. Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, the room invites curiosity, concentration, and active learning, and fosters independence as students move about choosing their own work and making their own decisions.

Preparing the environment takes considerable time and effort. This webinar will help you to understand the whys and hows, including classroom set-up and features. We will explore the 6 principles of the Montessori prepared environment—freedom, structure & order, beauty, nature & reality, social environment, and intellectual environment—and discuss your role, as school leader, in ensuring that objectives for your classroom environments are met, so that students may experience success and joy in learning “the Montessori way.”

Learner Outcomes

This webinar will provide you with insights into:

  • The unique characteristics of the Montessori prepared classroom environment
  • The purpose and goals of the prepared environment
  • How you can support your teachers in incorporating the 6 principles of the Montessori prepared environment into their classrooms
  • The importance of the prepared teacher as part of the prepared environment

About the Presenter

Nancy Lindeman, MA, is director of the Institute for Montessori Innovation and associate professor in the School of Education at Westminster College, both in Salt Lake City, UT; and a member of the AMS Research Committee. Nancy wrote a charter for and founded Maria Montessori Academy, a Utah public charter school for students pre-K through grade 9. For 18 years, she was Elementary director at Montessori School of Covington. Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II, Administrator).