Most Commonly Asked Questions

1. By instructing children at such a tender age (Montessori preschools enroll students who are 3 years old and up), does the Montessori method deprives youngsters of their natural childhood, does it push children too hard to achieve intellectual pursuits?

The sensitive periods are when a child learns with ease and is most responsive to a learning environment. Research has proven that a child’s mind has the ability to truly absorb for only a brief “window of time.” Therefore, the potential for learning is greater when it is a natural function of childhood.” Students only attend a 2 ½ hour session per day, which with the circle time, snack time and learning activities goes by very quickly.

2. Is the learning atmosphere too utilitarian and rigidly restrictive?

The Method itself is not restrictive. The teacher decides how flexible the learning situation will be. Organization and structure are important in establishing security and purposefulness for the materials. Since our teachers are both past school teachers with Bachelor of Education degrees and have also received Montessori Education, they have extensive experience in knowing how to provide the most enjoyable and productive learning environment for all students. Most of all, we want to have fun (and we learn without realizing it)!

3. If the child is allowed to choose their work, is there too much freedom in the class, which confuses the child?

The fundamental principle of Montessori education is the liberty of the student. Individual freedom of choice builds character and integrity in the students who works in the class with respect for others as a principle. There is purposefulness in the choices made by students who have been introduced to the specific use of the materials. Free reign over a vast array of materials that haven’t been introduced in a specific manner only confounds the young mind. A good teacher is vigilant of her student’s progress; keeping careful records and having an indivualized plan for each student which is reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.. The freedom in the classroom is quiet, organized and respectful of others that are working. The child is not confused, as he/she knows when the learning environment is settled and when there is room for unstructured learning.

4. How does the age groupings work, having students ages 3 to 6 years old in the same classroom?

Research has proven that children are much less inhibited when they learn from their peers. A lack of competitiveness and a mutual respect allows them to learn in a different capacity than from their adult teachers. Older students develop self-confidence in helping the young through mentoring, reading or often demonstrating a lesson. And the young strive to accomplish in the same capacity as their older colleagues.

5. Does the child with a Montessori background have a hard time adjusting socially and academically to his peers in the public school system?

Without a doubt, absolutely not. A recent article indicates Montessori students become leaders among their peers, helping the classroom and playground work together as a community through peaceful iniatitives. A Montessori child is typically eager to learn, enjoys challenges, works well with peers and is comfortable with independence. Most children are academically far ahead of their neighborhood peers, which leads to success ,confidence and overall positive school experiences.