The classrooms that await children at the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca are not just classrooms, they are intricate microcosms that have been prepared by teachers to be ever changing and provide exactly the structure that children at each developmental stage need to best develop themselves.
“The teacher’s first duty is to watch over the environment
and this takes precedence over all the rest. Its influence is indirect, but unless it is well done there will be no effective and permanent results of any kind, physical, intellectual or spiritual.” ~Maria Montessori
At the end of every summer teachers create, alter, and recreate every single aspect of their environments. Even the Field of Dreams prepares itself: the crickets chirp their welcome, the flower’s bloom in readiness, and the birds sing in anticipation.
All is ready; let the children come…