Montessori FAQs

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    1. How is Montessori teaching different from traditional methods?
    Montessori is rooted in independence; children are given structured time to pursue lessons of their choosing. Though traditional standards still apply, teachers facilitate lessons and allow children to explore learning at their own pace. If they are ready, scholars may exceed grade-level curriculum.
     
    2. Why are Pre-K and kindergarten students in the same classroom?
    The Montessori method relies on multi-age classrooms. Children love to learn from each other. Younger scholars want to be like their older peers. After kindergarteners master a lesson, they are encouraged to teach a Pre-K child. Twenty-two scholars, 11 Pre-K and 11 kindergarten will be in the same classroom. A certified teacher and a teacher's aide will be in the classroom.
     

    3. How are first- through third-graders grouped in a multi-age classroom?
    Approximately the same number of first-graders, second-graders, and third-graders will be in one classroom. A fourth- and fifth-grade classroom will be added in the 2020-21 school year.

     
    4. What does a Montessori classroom look like?
    There are no desks in rows; hands-on lessons are placed strategically throughout the room. Children are given expectations but are allowed to complete lessons throughout the day or week, rather than in a 45-minute class. Scholars have a three-hour block dedicated to lesson time.
     
    5. What are the common traits of Montessori learners?
    In addition to academic learning, children's independence and interdependence are fostered through care of self, care for others, and care of the environment. The following characteristics for your child are those to keep in mind when considering our Montessori Program:
    • Curious
    • Cooperative
    • Self-Starter
    • Loves Learning
    • Exhibits Self-Control
    • Strong Work Ethic
    • Independent Worker
     
    6. What if I have more questions?
    Call Natalie Garrett 972-291-1581 x4050.
     
    7. Is it too late to apply?
    Returning students must re-enroll for the 2020-21 school year to keep their seat. Click here to re-enroll beginning Nov. 4. New students may apply for the program beginning Nov. 9 by clicking here. The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed for completion, and they will be added to the waitlist. Should any seats open, the individual next on the waitlist will be notified.