After 3 Years of Montessori, won't my Child be bored in Grade 1?
 Are there any famous people that are Montessori educated?
 What if a Child Doesn't Feel Like 'working'?
 Why should you choose a Montessori Education for your child?
 Why are the classrooms so quiet, and the children so serious?
 What do you have to offer that my child can't get at other local schools or daycares?
 Is Montessori good for children with learning disabilities? What about gifted children?
 Are Montessori Children successful later in life?
 
How many Montessori Schools are there?
 
Are Montessori Schools Religious?
 
With all of the freedom, isn't there confusion?
 
How do Montessori students adjust to traditional school?
 
What about socialization and group work?
 
How important is parental involvement?
 
How is creativity encouraged?
 
Is Montessori expensive?




 

After 3 Years of Montessori, won't my Child be bored in Grade 1?

The Montessori school cultivates a highly motivated child with a true love of learning; a child with a positive attitude toward school is motivated to learn in any environment.Teachers respond favorably to children who are curious, self-disciplined and socially responsible, so it is more than likely that the Montessori graduate will be valued highly by his first grade teacher. Of great importance, of course, is the parents' attitude toward the new school and teacher. A little tact will go a long way toward fostering a good relationship and helping the transition to a different environment. It's a good idea to visit the school to see what kinds of individualized programs are available. It's also a good time to decide how to help your child pursue special interests (music, dance, gymnastics) outside of the school environment.

Are there any famous people that are Montessori educated?

Below is a list of many familiar people who were Montessori educated

Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

Others with a Montessori Connection:

 

What if a Child Doesn't Feel Like 'working'?

While Montessori students are al-lowed considerable latitude to pursue topics that interest them, this freedom is not absolute. Within every society there are cultural norms; expectations for what a student should know and be able to do by a certain age. Experienced Montessori teachers are conscious of these standards and provide as much structure and support as is necessary to ensure that students live up to them. If for some reason it appears that a child needs time and support until he or she is developmentally ready, Montessori teachers provide it non-judgmentally.

Why should you choose a Montessori Education for your child?

Between the ages of two and one-half and six is when most of your child's intelligence and social characteristics are formed. This is also when your child is most receptive, curious, and excited about exploring the world around him or her. A Montessori classroom nurtures that excitement and curiosity by offering a variety of materials to stimulate and intrigue your child. The Montessori teacher is trained to recognize when a child is ready to learn a new skill, and to foster his or her natural instincts and abilities. Your child is valued as an independent thinker, and encouraged to make choices on his own. A Montessori education provides students of all ages with information in a way they can understand it and enjoy it - learning is fun, empowering, and custom-fit to suit your child's individual learning style.

Why are the classrooms so quiet, and the children so serious?

The Montessori school day is divided into work periods and play periods. Work periods usually last about two hours in the morning for the youngest children, with another two hours in the afternoon for those older students who stay a full day. During these times, you are likely to see children intent upon learning their alphabet using letters cut out of sandpaper, or exploring music using a set of bells. One may be studying basic math concepts using beads strung together in groups of five, ten, etc., while another student is painting or making a collage. This is a busy time for the children, and that serious look you see is a focused look. These children are choosing to do whatever it is they are doing. They have many options, and are empowered to do what interests them most, presumably, what is most fun for them.

What do you have to offer that my child can't get at other local schools or daycares?

The Montessori approach to education is unique. You will see that the minute you walk into one of our classrooms. The materials used to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, science, music, social studies are all unique to the Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori, a physician who developed the materials and educational philosophy upon which our school is built, recognized the important impact that physiological and neurological development have on a child's learning. The classroom materials she developed for our youngest students, for example, take abstract ideas and put them in a concrete form that makes sense to these developing minds. Students learn to learn from their peers, and respect their own and each other's ability to be a teacher as well as a student. Finally, our teachers use few didactic approaches; they are primarily observers of their students, stepping in when they see a child is "stuck" or ready to learn a new skill. This allows the children to learn independently, with the guidance and support of a teacher whose primary focus is observing how your child learns, and tapping into those styles and approaches that work best for your child.

Is Montessori good for children with learning disabilities? What about gifted children?

Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace.  A classroom whose children have varying abilities is a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes. Moreover, multi-age grouping allows each child to find his or her own pace without feeling "ahead" or "behind" in relation to peers.

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.

How many Montessori Schools are there?

It is estimated that there are about 11,000 Montessori schools worldwide.

Are Montessori Schools Religious?

Some are, but most are not. Some Montessori schools, just like other schools, operate under the auspices of a church, synagogue, or diocese, but most are independent of any religious affiliation.  The Hanover Montessori Children's House does not have a religious orientation or denomination and honours and respects all religions.

With all of the freedom, isn't there confusion?

The concept of ‘freedom’ used in the classroom, is a freedom within limits. A student is allowed to work freely so long as he does not disturb others. The students having the freedom to follow their interests are generally happy and busily involved in their work.

How do Montessori students adjust to traditional school?

Montessori students are flexible and generally adjust easily to traditional methods of teaching. Often, these students excel and are more productive as a result of the practical skills they acquired and developed through Montessori education.

What about socialization and group work?

Socialization is a fundamental part of Montessori education. Both in and out of the classroom students interact continuously, working together and helping each other. The multi-age setting facilitates socialization and encourages students to seek help from one another.

How important is parental involvement?

We encourage parent participation through conferences, observations, parent evenings, assisting in the classroom, making materials, etc. The more parents understand the classroom experience, the better able they are to follow through at home. When parents follow through at home, the child benefits even more because she has a consistent environment in which to grow and develop. In addition, parents are modeling community behavior for their children when they are actively involved in the life of the school through events and fundraisers.

How is creativity encouraged?

Music, art, storytelling and movement are part of every classroom. A child's main task is to create himself or herself and the Montessori class helps the child organize their perceptions of their environment. When this has been achieved, the children are capable of selecting and emphasizing those processes necessary for creative endeavors. Creativity is involved with the intellectual as well as the aesthetic processes of the mind.

Is Montessori expensive?

Tuition in Montessori schools throughout Canada is comparable to other schools because of the materials, encompassing environment, curriculum, and trained staff. It is a very reasonable cost in contract to other activities you would plan for yourself and your child and to give the finest possible experience in his "sensitive years" is to give him a strong foundation throughout his life and probably ward off investment later to correct or remedy that which was missed. Many educators believe investing in a preschool education is wiser than a college education. It is of inestimable benefit for the child to enjoy learning and become self-directed during the critical preschool age.