Frequently Asked Questions
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a child-centered style of teaching that Dr. Maria Montessori came up with in late 1800s. It involves incorporation of Montessori activities (or works) that teacher sets out for the child to choose from. Montessori activities are: child directed, have control of error, involve the senses, are hands on, isolate concepts, aid in independence, and emphasize concentration. Montessori also teaches children to be self-learners, be independent, and to learn to help others in their class. In addition, it sparks innovation and creativity. The founders of Amazon and Google were Montessori students.
How are you different from other Montessori schools?
Some Montessori schools are strict in which they will not allow times in which children can choose to have group time, singing, or themed fun days (career, show and tell, etc). We allow free play and other group activities that are in traditional schools and preschools as well as integrating the Montessori 'work' cycle.
We allow the teachers to have the freedom to choose the activities and Montessori materials that they see the children need or are interested in.
We celebrate holidays! We learn about other cultures, but we are not ashamed to celebrate our own traditions.
How are you different from preschool or traditional schools?
Preschool/traditional schools typically have: rigid curriculum, progress at teacher's pace, constant guidance by teacher, much role play and fantasy, random placement of items, teacher decides what child learns, teacher centered environment, all children treated at same learning level, play materials for non-specific skills, focus on imparting maximum quantum of knowledge.
Montessori typically embraces: flexible curriculum, allows child to learn at his/her pace, scientific method of teaching, reality oriented, specific places for materials (sense of order), child chooses activities according to inner needs, child-centered learning environment, self education through self correcting materials, multi-sensory materials to help develop certain skills, liberty to speak up, and focus on developing child's wholesome personality.
Do you celebrate holidays?
Yes, the children (and teachers!) love to celebrate with different themed activities including learning about the history and culture of the holiday. We are not afraid to celebrate our own traditions.
Do my children get to play or is it just a lot of work?
There is a period of time during the school 'work' cycle where children choose activities to engage ; this helps improve their concentration and focus (even from a very young age). After this period, there are group activities including reading, singing, and playing outside and exploring. The children enjoy the Montessori activities, so to them it's 'playtime' all day.
How young do you start Montessori?
We take children as young as 6 weeks. Language is very important to infants as well as their development of gross motor skills and tactile sensation. We read to the infants frequently throughout the day and engage them in different activities with different sensory and other mind stimulating materials.
What about spring breaks, winter breaks, etc? Will you be open?
The 'school' is off during these breaks, but we offer childcare in which the free play portion will be more dominant during these times. There will still be some Montessori works for the students as well as their typical schedule. These weeks cost extra and are not included in the school year tuition.