Montessori students engage in independent work on a regular basis. How are they able to do this when many school districts are struggling with how to differentiate their curriculums? The answer: prepare the environment with a wealth of scaffolded lessons and prepare the student with the skills to move through the lessons at an independent pace. Pictured is a kindergarten student engaged in a language lesson. Note how they defined their space with a work rug, gathered the materials necessary to complete the lesson, completed the matching of pictures and text and now is recording/writing their words. Children can move on to the next lesson and/or repeat a lesson till proficient. This results children understanding the lessons they move through – not just hear the lesson in a group – but truly learn.