Flowersorri: Sensorial, Montessori-inspired ergonomic furniture for kids

(TreeHugger) by Kimberly Mok

Alternatives to conventional schooling like Waldorf and Montessori schools often focus on educating the whole child, allowing the child's innate curiosity to guide their studies, rather than imposing methods of rote memorization and misguided one-size-fits-all ideas behind standardized testing. The concept of a specially "prepared environment" -- an orderly atmosphere complete with child-sized items and furnishings -- is a key component that Italian educator Maria Montessori pioneered back in the turn of the twentieth century, and something that we actually see translated in most modern kindergartens today.  Read more here.

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