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What is the Principal Purpose of a Montessori School?

Our primary aim is to assist in the total development of a child’s personality i.e. social, emotional, intellectual and physical, etc. This will allow the child to be better prepared to adapt to life and to adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.

Isn’t a Montessori School Primarily Concerned with Intellectual Development?

No. We are concerned with the child’s total development which, when accomplished, better equips the child for intellectual development.

Why Should a 3 to 6 Year Old be in a Montessori School Rather than at Home?

It would be difficult for most parents to provide a complete and well organized set of experiences as those available in a Montessori classroom. It would also be difficult for most parents to devote as much time to the child’s individual requirements.

Don’t the Children in a Montessori Classroom Miss out on Social Development?

Actually, they are in a more meaningful social situation that they are likely to find elsewhere. In going about their daily activities in the classroom, they meet and talk with one another, discuss common problems, correct each other’s mistakes, answer questions, borrow and lend, and help each other in many ways. Moreover, they often spontaneously form into groups to carry out a task together. Also, the older children are usually anxious to help out their younger classmates.

What is the Difference Between a Montessori School and a Nursery School?

Freedom is not undisciplined, unruly, selfish behaviour. Three basic rules guide the child’s “freedom” in a Montessori classroom:

  • Do not abuse the materials
  • Do not disturb the other children
  • Do not be disorderly or unruly

The children are free to move about and to select those materials which interest them (provided they have developed to the point of being ready for them), and they are free to use the materials as long as they wish (but they should return them to their places when finished).

Doesn’t the Set Way of Doing Things Stifle Creativity?

What is creativity? Isn’t it a re-ordering of knowledge and of one’s environment in a different and meaningful way? In order to do this, a person must have some backlog about their environment – which the sensorial and other materials in a Montessori classroom provide. Moreover, the primary intent of Montessori is to help the child in the most creative way possible – the shaping of themselves towards the type of adult they will become.

Why is a Montessori Classroom Non-Competitive?

Each child works at their own level of ability and interest, and their own pace. Competition isn’t relevant, and no two children’s needs arise at the same time or for the same length of time.

Isn’t Montessori Only for Bright Children?

No. Because the Montessori approach is concerned with the development of each child as an individual, most children will benefit from it. However, the Montessori classroom isn’t the answer for all children. For instance, a child whose personality has been too badly distorted needs more help than a Montessori classroom can offer, unless it is set up specifically for this purpose.

I Have Heard that Children Often Repeat the Same Activity Over and Over Again. Why?

The child derives pleasure from repetition because it answers one of the base inner needs of life, the desire to gain mastery over their movements, to refine and perfect them.

Won’t my Child Have Difficulty Adjusting to First Grade in Regular School after Attending a Montessori Classroom?

Generally speaking, if the child has developed all aspects of their personality, they should have far less problems than a child without the Montessori background. From our experiences (and those of other Montessori schools), most children adapt well. There is, of course, always a brief period of transition – as there is when going from kindergarten to first grade.

Can I Do Montessori at Home with My Child?

Only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education, using the specialized learning equipment of the Montessori “prepared environment”. Moreover, the social development that comes from being in an environment with other children is an integral part of Montessori education. However, you should reinforce the Montessori principles of child development at home to complement your child’s experiences in the Montessori classroom. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. “Help me do it by myself” is the theme of the preschooler. Can you find ways for your child to participate in meal preparations, cleaning, gardening, and caring for clothes, shoes and toys? Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child’s self-esteem.

Montessori Classrooms are so Structured. Why?

Although the directress is careful to make clear the specific purpose of each material and to present activities in a clear and step-by-step order, the child is free to choose from a vast array of activities and to discover new possibilities.


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