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We are really glad that you are considering a Montessori School for your child. We strongly believe in the power of Montessori education and benefits Montessori teachers can provide to your child’s education and development.
Montessori philosophy has been around for more than a 100 years and its practical approach has benefited many students. We hope that our Montessori School directory will help you to locate many high quality Montessori schools in your area and to select the best one.
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- Read our article on Choosing a Montessori School – for ideas on how to choose a Montessori school or preschool
- Visit our homepage: Daily Montessori for more information about Montessori education, activities, materials, books and much more!
Choosing A Montessori School
Choosing a good Montessori school or preschool can be tricky. Placing your trust in other people regarding the education of your precious one can be daunting. Since a term ‘Montessori School’ can be used by anyone, it can be hard for parents to select an ‘authentic’ or ‘good’ school that follows the Montessori philosophy properly and provides the best environment for their children.
Just because a school has a complete set of materials from a Montessori catalogue does not make it a ‘real’ Montessori school. It requires having properly trained teachers, following the Montessori philosophy and a knowledge of how to set up the environment and use the equipment, to mention a few factors.
So what questions do you ask Montessori Schools in your area? What do you look for when you visit them? Following are a few guidelines that will help you to make that important decision.
What to Ask
- Ask what Montessori certifications the teachers have. There are certificates from a number of Montessori training schools that are good, however there are some certifications that can be taken online – which may not provide teachers the same level of understanding and details.
- Does the school have any affiliation with Montessori organisations? These organisation inspect and accredit Montessori schools to ensure the highest standards and quality are upheld. Examples of Montessori organisations: Association Montessori Internationale, American Montessori Society, Montessori Foundation and International Montessori Council.
- How many teachers in the classroom are formally trained in Montessori? How many from the total number of teachers?
- Ask about the class schedule, e.g. Do they follow the routine of an allotted 3 hour work cycle or close to it?
- Do they follow the multi age grouping of a Nido ( 0-14 months), Infant Community ( 14 months to 2.5-3 yrs) and Primary (3-6 yrs old)? The philosophy behind the multi age grouping is to continually challenge younger children. The older children may be seen as mentors to the younger children. Learning and understanding can be enhanced by teaching someone else.
- Ask if you are able to observe the classroom during the work cycle, so you can get a better understanding of their approach.
- Ask about a typical day/schedule in the classroom.
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