Montessori

1. Where did the Montessori philosophy come from?

 Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children's learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a "prepared environment" in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori's first casa dei bambini ("children's house") in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.

2. What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education? Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.  Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

In school only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education, using the specialized learning equipment of the Montessori "prepared environment." Here social development comes from being in a positive and unique environment with other children -- an integral part of Montessori education.

3. How can I do Montessori at home with my child?

You can use Montessori principles of child development at home. Look at your home through your child's eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. "Help me do it by myself" is the life theme of the preschooler. Can you find ways for your child to participate in meal preparation, cleaning, gardening, caring for clothes, shoes, and toys? Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child's self-esteem.

4. Are Montessori children successful later in life?

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.

5.How do the children learn how to use the equipment in the classroom?

The teacher demonstrates the use of the materials to the children. The purpose of the demonstrations is to provide a beginning, a guide to ensure the child's success. The teachers do not expect the child to use the materials in precisely the way they are shown, but rather to explore the activities in a constructive manner.

Children are free to use equipment in accordance with their own rhythms and needs, the only restriction being that misuse or destructive use of the materials is not allowed.

6. What are the goals for students in your Montessori Preschool? 

  1. To encourage independence and responsibility for self.
  2. To develop curiosity, creativity and self-confidence through a warm, caring and
  3. accepting environment.
  4. To help learn respect for other's rights and needs so they are able to participate in and contribute to the community at school and at home.
  5. To develop in each child a positive attitude toward learning.
  6. To provide each child with specific skills in the intellectual, physical and social/emotional areas.
7. What are the hours for your Montessori school? 

We are open from Monday to Thursday from 8am- 6pm.

8. Are the students provided with food or do they need to bring their own food to school? 

All students are provided with three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and snack.

9. How do I enroll my child into your Preschool? 

If you are interested in our Preschool please schedule an appointment for an orientation where you can receive a tour of our school, meet with our director, get a full explanation of what our unique program has to offer, and your child will receive the opportunity to explore one of our classrooms for FREE. Please sign up for an orientation today, seats are LIMITED!