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Montessori Materials in Action: Empowering Self-Directed Learning at Greenbrier Montessori


Welcome to Greenbrier Montessori School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where we embrace the Montessori method to cultivate a love for learning in children aged 3 to 6. Our approach is centered around providing the tools and environment necessary for self-directed learning, and at the heart of this approach are the carefully designed Montessori materials.

The Role of Montessori Materials 

Montessori materials are not just educational tools; they are catalysts for growth. Each piece is designed to serve a specific developmental purpose and to meet the children's natural curiosity and drive to learn through direct, hands-on experiences. These materials are self-correcting, allowing children to make and correct mistakes independently, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

Key Montessori Materials and Their Benefits:

  • Sensorial Materials:

These materials help children refine their sense of sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell, enhancing sensory perception. Examples include Color Tablets for color discrimination and the Pink Tower for understanding dimensions.

  • Practical Life Tools:

Practical life activities equip children with essential life skills, from buttoning a shirt to preparing a snack. These tasks not only improve motor skills but also promote independence and care for the environment.

  • Mathematics Materials:

Montessori math materials, like the Bead Chains and Spindle Boxes, introduce abstract math concepts in a tangible way, making complex ideas like counting, addition, and subtraction accessible and enjoyable.

  • Language Materials:

From Moveable Alphabets to Sandpaper Letters, these materials support literacy skills by linking sounds with symbols and fostering early writing and reading abilities.

Impact on Learning

The use of Montessori materials leads to a deeper level of engagement and understanding. Children at Greenbrier Montessori are not passive recipients of information; instead, they are active participants in their education. This hands-on learning approach ensures that children are not only absorbing information but are also learning to think critically and work collaboratively.


At Greenbrier Montessori School in Minneapolis, our use of Montessori materials supports a learning environment where children aged 3 to 6 are encouraged to explore, discover, and grow at their own pace. By fostering an atmosphere of self-directed learning, we prepare our students not just for the next stages of their educational journey but for a lifetime of successful learning.

Interested in seeing how our Montessori materials can enhance your child’s learning experience? Visit Greenbrier Montessori School for a tour and witness the magic of Montessori education in action. Contact us today to schedule your visit!


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