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Frequently Asked Questions

The questions parents ask:

What's the difference between Montessori and Tradional methods


    * Children choose materials.
    * Children work at own pace and don't have to meet a schedule.
    * Emphasis on forming a strong foundation.
    * Reality orientated.
    * Learning environment is child centered.
    * Children may talk freely, provided they don't disturb others.
    * Teachers are there as guides, they encouraging child to act and think for themselves.

  • Traditional

    * Teachers set a curriculum.
    * Teachers set the pace to get through the work.
    * Emphasis on abstract.
    * Much more role play and fantasy.
    * Teachers are the centre of attention.
    * Children have to keep quiet unless called upon.
    * The teacher is the leader and the children are expected to follow.

Does Modern Montessori methods work for all children?

Yes, as there is no age group that won't benefit from this method no matter what their physical or mental development levels they are at.

What sort of freedom are children allowed?

Montessori children are free to move about, work alone or with others at will. They select any activity and work with it as long as they must pack the work back where it belongs when they are done working with the material and they don't disturb others or damage anything. Freedom is a critical issue as children begin to explore. Our goal is less to teach them facts and concepts, but rather to help them fall in love with the process of focusing their complete attention on something and mastering its challenge with enthusiasm.

What exactly is the Directress role?

Montessori Directress give individual and group lessons, providing guidance where needed. The directress spend much of time observing each child, preparing the environment according to their needs and protecting their self-development. Montessori directress role is a more passive role.
The method of teaching is indirect in that it neither imposes upon the child as on direct teaching.

How can a "Real" Montessori classroom be identified?

The basic characteristics are:
* A classroom atmosphere which encourages social interaction for co-operative learning and emotional development.
* Directress are educated in the Montessori philosophy for the age level they are teaching
* Multi-aged students, and a diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences are designed to help physically, intellectually, creatively and social independence.

How do Montessori Schools view imaginative play?

The young have an absorbent mind absorbing their environment. The child need to know and understand the real world before fantasy, for the world to make sense Montesorri believed:
- Reality based play lays the foundation for creativity
- Children only need a few traditional toys eg: stuffed animals, blocks and treasured dolls
- Few toys contribute to the child's ability to respect, look after and put away toys

The toys Montessori keep in mind when purchasing are:
* Real and based in reality
* Give a child pleasure and joy
* Satisfy a need in the child
* Based on child's interests
* Leads to spontaneous play
* Good quality and will not break

How is discipline dealt with in Montessori schools?

Montessori believes discipline comes from the inside rather then apposed by others. They don't rely on rewards and punishments. The child develops confidence and control over their own behaviour by being allowed to be free in an environment, learning to love and care for others.

How much does a Montessori schools cost

Montessori believes affordable schooling for all see. Our Terms and Conditions of Enrollment page.