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What is Montessori education?

The Montessori method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman doctor in Italy, who devoted her adult life to the observation and study of children. Rather than “teaching” a child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate his understanding and learning capacities with little or no adult intervention. In this environment the child can unfold spontaneously and manifest the greater person within. According to Maria Montessori, “the child is the father of the man.” The child begins to develop within himself the foundations for a lifetime of creative learning, favourable attitudes toward school, and habits of concentration, initiative, order and persistence. 

What is in a Montessori classroom?

The Montessori classroom is a child-size world. Whatever is in the world outside can be incorporated meaningfully in the Montessori classroom. To a child, the world is overwhelming – it is big, complex, and confusing. By careful selection of materials by the teacher, an environment is set up that allows the child a place to explore life on a level he can understand. The materials or exercises are designed to stimulate independent exploration. This prepared environment entices the child to proceed at his own pace from simple activities to more complex ones. Through this process, the child’s natural curiosity is satisfied and he begins to experience the joy of discovering the world around him.

How is a Montessori Preschool different from other preschools?

In most preschools the children are taught educational concepts in a group by a teacher. In a Montessori preschool the children learn concepts spontaneously as they work independently with the many materials in the environment.  

What is a typical day in a Montessori classroom?

Children come into the school, greet the teachers, hang up their bags and begin their days. They move about the classroom from activity to activity, unrolling a small rug for work on the floor or sitting at a table, talking or working with a friend or choosing to work alone, sitting back to observe as they wish. Each child manipulates materials of interest to him, receives lessons from the teacher on new material, shares snack with a friend, and so forth. The materials in the classroom are grouped into the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Art, Science, Geography, and Cultural. Toward the end of the morning, the children gather in a circle to hear a story read aloud, share news, sing songs, and recite poems. The final half-hour of each morning is spent at outside play, weather permitting.

What is the role of the Montessori teacher?

The Montessori teacher facilitates classroom activity. She carefully plans the environment in the interests of the children, and she helps children progress from one activity to the next. She is trained to deal with each child individually, allowing him to choose from many activities within his range of ability. She stands back while the child is working and allows him the satisfaction of his own discovery. 

Is Montessori another one of those “free-for-all”/”children can do whatever they want” school?

Montessori education seeks to foster autonomous, competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers. Montessori provides an environment and method that encourage internal self-discipline. The child actively participates in learning. The Montessori certified teacher is the facilitator, responsible for creating the learning environment, setting work expectations with each student, and providing individual and group instruction. Students move about the classroom, choosing mentally appropriate, hands-on teaching materials with which to work and replace them when finished. They also learn through productive interaction and activities with peers and the teacher. The teacher assesses each student regularly and ensures the student works with materials in all disciplines.

How about socialisation and group work?

Socialization is very much a part of the Montessori method. In the classroom you’ll notice children interacting continuously, choosing to work on projects together, and older children helping younger ones. Each day there is some group activity and outside play.

What is your teacher/children ratio?
2½ – 3 year old is 1:8
4 year old is 1:10
5 year old is 1:15
Pre-K is 1:15 
Do you provide snacks during the day?
Yes, we provide morning and afternoon snacks. 
What is the best age to enrol a child to Montessori school?

Maria Montessori outlined various periods of “sensitivity.” During these times, a child is capable of and interested in learning specific concepts. At age 2 ½ to 3 ½, a special sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence begins to emerge. This time is ideal to enroll a child in a Montessori preschool as he is at the perfect period build a strong foundation for future learning. 

How would my child transition to another “regular” school?

Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in group. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well. Encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others, such students’ good communication skills ease the way in new settings. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs based on self-directed, noncompetitive activities, help children develop strong self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism. After transitioning from a public Montessori elementary program to a traditional middle school, research has shown Montessori students rank high in the following areas using basic skills; being responsible; showing enthusiasm for class topics; following directions; turning in work on time; listening attentively; asking provocative questions; and adapting to new situations. {slide=How do Montessori children adjust to public school?} 7. How do Montessori children adjust to public school? Children who have been in a Montessori environment are generally very flexible and adjust quite easily to the public school situation. They generally spend their time in productive ways because of their self-direction and positive attitude toward learning. Montessori children are quite adaptable since they have learned to work on their own without constant supervision. 

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