Why does Montessori have multi-age classrooms?
Multi-age classrooms afford us the luxury of adapting the curriculum to the individual child. Each child can work at his or her own pace, while remaining in community with his or her peers. In addition, the multi-age format allows all older children to be the leaders of the classroom community – even those children who may be shy or quiet.
Can I do Montessori at home with my child?
Yes, definitely. All parents can use Montessori principles of child development at home, complementing your child’s experiences in Montessori school. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, so involve your child in everything you do at home.
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.
Isn’t this method of teaching too soft?
We believe freedom and discipline go hand in hand. We give the child freedom within boundaries and the child will develop a love for the environment and the work he is doing which in turn will bring harmony within him. With this he will gain self-discipline and work because he WANTS to and not because he is forced to like in other Conventional Schools
If children are free to choose their own work, how do you ensure that they receive a well-rounded education?
Montessori children are free to choose within limits, and have only as much freedom as they can handle with appropriate responsibility. The classroom teacher and assistant ensures that children do not interfere with each other, and that each child is progressing at her appropriate pace in all areas of work.
Are Montessori schools as academically rigorous as traditional schools?
Yes, Montessori classrooms encourage deep learning of the concepts behind academic skills rather than rote practice of abstract techniques. For example, our children can identify nearly all countries on the world map better than a traditionally educated school child.
What if the child doesn’t choose academic work?
We understand the child has to learn and progress in language and mathematics so that he is competent for primary school. We encourage the child to ensure that he chooses work in all areas especially as they get older.
What if the child transitions from a Montessori school to a traditional school and vice-versa?
There is nothing inherent in Montessori that causes children to have a hard time if they are transferred to traditional schools. But most adapt to their new setting fairly quickly to the traditional ways of learning. To smoothen the transition, we prepare them by providing them with special classes; we give them the traditional way to prepare them. When a child comes to Montessori school after spending some time at Traditional school, the directress in the class carefully observes and presents the activities which provide him with the right amount of challenge and gradually the child becomes a part of the environment.
What is the best way to pick a Montessori school?
Unfortunately, there is no way to limit the use of the name “Montessori.” Parents must carefully research, and observe a classroom in operation, in order to choose a real Montessori school for their child.
What special training do Montessori directresses have?
The directresses are trained and certified by an international organisation, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). In India, they have training centres in Mumbai (R.T.I. Montessori Training Course), Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The training centres require a bachelor’s degree for admission. Unlike, normal teachers, our directresses are specially trained about child psychology and the correct use of scientifically designed Montessori Materials.
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.
Since Montessori classrooms emphasize non-competitiveness, how are students adequately prepared for real-life competition later on?
Montessori classrooms emphasize competition with oneself: self-monitoring, self-correction, and a variety of other executive skills aimed at continuous improvement. Students typically become comfortable with their strengths and learn how to address their weaknesses. In older classes, students commonly participate in competitive activities with clear “winners” (auditions for limited opera roles, the annual spelling bee, etc.) in which students give their best performances while simultaneously encouraging peers to do the same. It is a healthy competition in which all contenders are content that they did their best in an environment with clear and consistent rules.