FAQs


Are Montessori children successful later in life?

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.

Are Montessori schools religious?

No. Montessori educates children without reference to religious denomination. As a result, our classrooms are extremely diverse, with representation from all peoples, cultures and religions.

Does my child need to attend 5 days?

Young children need consistency with their caregivers and peers in order to feel secure. Gaps in time between days off or out sick can make adjustments more difficult for the child

How do I know what they are learning?

Classroom observations and Parent – Teacher Conferences are available throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress. Children on their own will share their experiences from the classroom. You will recognize in the child a sense of independence and caring for the community.

How will my child transition to traditional school?

Montessori students completing the Primary 3 Year cycle have a strong foundation in academics and are most all reading at some level and practicing arithmetic with confidence and so academically it is most likely that your child will be advanced entering traditional first grade. Socially, Montessori kids have had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a kind and thriving community and during their third year experienced being the leaders of the class. They are confident and have an inner knowledge of themselves. No matter where your child goes after Primary – they will be happy, open minded and prepared.

Is it true that Montessori children never play?

All children play! They explore new things playfully. They watch something of interest with a fresh open mind. They enjoy the company of treasured adults and other children. They make up stories. They dream. They imagine. This impression stems from parents who don’t know what to make of the incredible concentration, order, and self-discipline that we commonly see among Montessori children. Montessori students also tend to take the things they do in school quite seriously. It is common for them to respond, “This is my work,” when adults ask what they are doing. They work hard and expect their parents to treat them and their work with respect. But it is joyful, playful, and anything but drudgery.

What does AMI mean?

Association Montessori International founded in 1929 by Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her work in developing the Montessori Method.

What does Montessori mean?

It is an educational approach created by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian Physician in 1907. The curriculum respects the child’s natural development and offers independence and freedom with limits. The curriculum allows for self-construction and spontaneous activity. The classrooms are mixed aged, materials are hands-on, and lessons are individualized and realistic.

Why Do Most Montessori Schools Ask Young Children to Attend Five Days a Week?

Two- and three-day programs are often attractive to parents who do not need full-time care; however, five-day programs create the consistency that is so important to young children and which is essential in developing strong Montessori programs. Since the primary goal of Montessori involves creating a culture of consistency, order, and empowerment, in Primary five days are required. Infant and Toddler classes may allow part-time programs also.

Why mixed ages?

This combination allows for cooperation and mentorship. Older students guide the younger students, who in return admire their older peer’s independence and leadership skills.

Will my child choose whatever he wants to do?

All Montessori lessons are initially introduced by the lead Guide (Directress) to insure the child’s readiness for the material and to lure the child to exciting new experiences. Once the child is successful working on the lesson independently he/she may choose it anytime it is available. Thus, providing the child freedom of choice. The child may not choose a lesson that has not yet been presented to him as he may not be yet ready for that lesson or level of challenge. The teacher will observe and introduce further challenging materials once the child has mastered the current lesson. Young students will have many new lessons with a teacher while older students who have had 2 – 3 years in the class will choose more independently throughout the five areas of curriculum.

Will my five year old be challenged his/her third (kindergarten) year?

Yes, the advanced Primary curriculum will lead your student into in-depth experiences with Arithmetic; addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. Reading and writing skills are challenged with story writing and grammar lessons. Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Art and Music are very advanced and are all interconnected in the Montessori Curriculum. The third and fourth year is like the metamorphosis of the Butterfly. The Chrysalis cracks open and the educated child is revealed with a natural love of learning and strong sense of self!