Aims and Methods
- The Child. All growth must come from voluntary action of the child himself/herself. To encourage this voluntary action, the child spends their morning or afternoon in non-competitive situation, stimulated by other children, older and younger, guided individually by the teacher, and proceeding to each aspect of the program at his/her own pace. He/she is permitted to complete at a sitting whatever task he/she is doing. The children work together or alone, on mats on the floor or at tables, and may move about the room freely as long as they respect the activities of the others and return the equipment they use to its proper place.
- The Teacher. The teacher guides each child in the use of materials (which are self-correcting), and then leaves him/her to practice and perfect their understanding of the lesson themselves. The teacher deals with him/her as an individual worthy of respect and the only active agent in the learning process. The teacher keeps a detailed record of each child's activity and progress.
- The Classroom. The classroom is a child-sized world, with chairss, tables, and shelves all appropriate size. It is a unique feature of the "Prepared Environment," that every object in the classroom has a specific place and purpose.