Developmentally appropriate practice can be hard to spot by the untrained eye. Many preschool parents will walk into a developmentally appropriate classroom and exclaim, “But they are just playing!” Developmentally appropriate practice can best be observed when there is an active learning environment.
The layout of the classroom encourages exploration, communication and the development of relationships on all levels. Everything reflects a dedication to quality, beauty and to the children’s abilities to do things for themselves. Montessori saw that careful preparation of the environment is an essential ingredient for the successful.