These are just some of the questions that we find people asking about Montessori schooling. If you have any questions that you don’t see an answer for here, please contact us.
What is a Montessori Preschool?
A Montessori preschool is a system of learning based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. The main focus of a Montessori school is a hands-on learning and a stimulating learning environment for each child. Learn more about our curriculum here: https://nashobamontessori.com/our-school/
Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?
Dr. Montessori was the first Italian woman physician, credited for the creation of the Montessori style of education, who opened her first school or “Children’s House” in Rome in 1907.
What are the ages for your program?
2.9 – 6 years. This is a state regulation for Primary and Kindergarten programs.
What is the main benefit of a Montessori education?
Montessori education is a preparation for life. Independence, confidence, and an inquiring mind are the results of this education, achieved through a sense of order and respect. Montessori is a sensorial education and the children are effortlessly able to classify and categorize their world through the work in the Prepared Environment of the Montessori classroom.
If children work at their own pace, don't they fall behind?
Although students are free to work at their own pace, they’re not doing it alone. The Montessori teacher closely observes each child and provides materials and activities that advance his learning by building on skills and knowledge already gained. This gentle guidance helps them master the challenge at hand—and protects them from moving on before they’re ready.
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.
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 is not a nursery school or day care.
What is STEAM education?
STEAM education is an educational philosophy focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This philosophy is used since it aligns with the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, and her belief of the “whole child”. Learn more about our teachings here: https://nashobamontessori.com/our-school/
How do children transition from the Montessori version of kindergarten to first grade?
Children who complete the three-year cycle in a Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten environment are more than prepared to transition into the public or other private school setting.
Why do you suggest we don’t bring our child for the first visit?
We suggest that your initial visit be without your child. Visiting children entering a classroom want to explore and use the materials. This is wonderful but takes away from your opportunity to truly observe and ask questions about the materials, curriculum and routines.