Mountaintop Best Practices Prepared Environment Clean & Orderly Beautiful & Simple Uncluttered & Organized Empowering & Accessible Materials Correspond to Approved Montessori Lessons Attractive & Well-Maintained Avoid Redundancy Arranged Sequentially Appropriate Books Adult Practices High Expectations & High Warmth Clear guidelines & Immediate Feedback Consistent Limits & Expectations Avoid Blame or Shame Avoid Rewards or Punishments Positive Language Speak to Children at Eye Level Schedule Uninterrupted 3-Hour Morning Work Period Beautiful Lunch Extended Midday Unstructured Outdoor Play Two-Hour Afternoon Work Period 6