“Children bring the gift of love to humanity, and through our work with them we serve the higher aspirations of civilization.”
- Maria Montessori

Sidewalks End Montessori Preschool Colorado Springs

Practical Life
The activities in the Practical Life area of the classroom help each child develop four skills necessary to further future learning. Children between three and six years old are in a sensitive period to hone these aptitudes.
  • Order
  • Concentration
  • Coordination
  • Independence

Children learn to care for themselves and the classroom environment, and they do activities that help them develop control of their body and the finer control of their hand.


“We cannot create observers by saying "observe," but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses”
...............................................- Maria Montessori
The Sensorial area of the Montessori classroom provides materials that “educate the senses”.  These pre-math materials help children differentiate size, shape, dimension, colors, and sounds.  These hands-on activities provide them with a concrete foundation for learning more advanced mathematical concepts in the future. 

The Pink Tower, the Red Rods, and Brown Stair are classic Montessori materials that engage the child in active learning, increasing their coordination and concentration.


“There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”
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Preparation for writing and reading begins in the Practical Life and Sensorial areas. Here, children improve their fine motor skills so they can use a pencil to write, and they learn to discriminate shapes, sharpen their sense of hearing and do activities in a left to right progression, all of which prepare them for reading.

Actual reading instruction uses hands-on activities to engage children. A phonics approach is used, introducing children to letter sounds and to the letter symbols using sandpaper letters. This lets children learn through their tactile sense as well as visually.  Constructing words using a moveable alphabet makes “writing” a more dynamic activity and allows children to express their thoughts in words before their fine motor skills are ready to put pencil to paper. Children progress from using these tools to express themselves to reading their own “writing”, then on to decoding words others have written using objects and pictures as clues. 


Maria Montessori believed that young children have a “mathematical mind.”  This area is designed to take advantage of that notion and introduce children to the many concepts in mathematics concretely.  Learning number concepts and applying the symbols to those numbers is done actively using number rods, spindles and bead materials.

The concept of place value is learned early, as students learn to understand the concept of large numbers with bead materials and begin doing mathematical operations with these large numbers in a concrete way.  Children develop a concrete understanding of multiplication, division, and fractions using the specialized materials in the math area of the classroom. 

Click here to watch a video that gives an explanation of a lesson using the math materials.


The cultural area of the classroom consists of the geography (physical and cultural) and science materials.  At Sidewalk’s End Montessori, we want to “give your child the world” by introducing him/her to the many wonders of the natural world and the amazing people who inhabit it. 

  Sidewalk's End Montessori School
3215 Woodland Hills Drive Colorado Springs