FAQ

How well do Montessori children adjust to public schools?

Montessori educated children are generally very flexible and adjust quite easily to public schools. They are often better students and spend their time in more productive ways because they are self-directed and have a positive attitude toward learning.

What about socialization and group work?

Socialization is very much a part of the Montessori Method. In the classroom you will notice children interacting, choosing to work on projects together, and older children helping younger ones. Each day there is a group gathering time.

What are sensitive periods?

This is Montessori’s name for age periods when the child shows unusual capabilities in acquiring particular skills. Dr. Montessori found that the child is able to absorb different subjects more readily at different ages or periods of growth.

Is the child free to do what they choose in the classroom?

Children are free to move about the classroom at will, to talk to other children, to work with equipment or ask the teacher to introduce new materials to them. They are not free to disturb others at work or to abuse the equipment so important to their development.

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 the role of the Montessori teacher?

The Directress works with individual children, introduces materials, and gives guidance where needed. One of the primary tasks is careful observation of each child in order to determine his/her needs and to gain the knowledge needed in preparing the environment to aid his/her growth.

What is in a Montessori classroom?

A Montessori class is a child-sized world. Materials and curriculum center on practical life, sensorial, language, math geography, history, science, art and music. 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 complex ones.

What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?

A Montessori educational environment emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori educational environment learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities.

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.

Who accredits or oversees Montessori schools?

 Unfortunately, there is no way to limit the use of the name “Montessori.” Parents must carefully research and observe a classroom in operation, in order to choose a real Montessori school for their child.

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