A Look Inside our Classrooms

Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, and aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each learning material is carefully curated in order to encourage children to explore and learn. Watch a virtual tour of our Old Town campus in Chicago, and explore more resources below.

Watch how children in our Toddler program interact with their environment

The Third Teacher

In Montessori, the classroom plays a key role in a child's learning. Montessori believed that children thrive in environments that are thoughtfully and intentionally prepared to spark curiosity and exploration. In fact, it is common in the Montessori method to reference the Environment as the Third Teacher.

The premise of The Third Teacher is that in every classroom environment there are three entities responsible for teaching and learning; the first is the teacher, the second is the student, and the third is the environment.

See our Elementary program in action and notice the peaceful, focused environment as students go about their work

The Prepared Environment

A Montessori classroom environment is prepared to support self-directed learning and inquiry. It is carefully designed to stimulate each child's curiosity and instill a lifelong love of learning. Children work at their own pace and choose their own activities.

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