The Montessori physical environment promotes independence. Children choose appropriate work spaces on mats, tables or floors throughout the building. Self-correcting materials are available for each curriculum area. Hands-on materials teach processes from the simple to the complex. The sequence of materials on the shelves reflects a progression from concrete to abstract. Care of living things (plants and animals) promotes responsibility.
Multi-sensory learning materials are used in Montessori classrooms. Materials are attractively displayed, inviting, and stimulating for the child. Materials include the Montessori didactic apparatus, and appropriate teacher-made and commercial materials. Technology enhances multi-sensory learning.