There is a lot that goes on inside of a Montessori classroom. Children are encouraged to pick an activity they feel led to, and the guide/teacher observes and guides as needed. At the beginning of the school year, children are shown how to retrieve their work mat, properly collect the materials they wish to work with, and how to return everything back to it's place. By the end of the first year (and in most cases, much earlier), even the youngest child has developed this independence and self-reliance. It's pretty amazing!
As a parent myself, I was always curious about what my children were doing in the classroom. I wanted to put together a video series that gives an insiders look for parents on what some of these activities look like to appease the curiosity and build a better understanding of the Montessori classroom.