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We answer all the questions you may have about Montessori Education or about our school: Montessori Lancaster

FREQUENT QUESTION

How can I know if the Montessori method is the right choice for my kids?

  • Montessori is right for all type of children, as it responds to every child’s individual needs.

How is discipline handled?

  • Discipline problems are almost non-existent. This is due to children’s own concentration.
  • Problems arise when children don’t have an enough challenge. The solution to this to use them as an opportunity to introduce new challenges.
  • If a child behaves inadequately in a group activity or interrupts the work of his classmates, then he is separated from the group for a brief moment and is asked to join once he or she is ready to participate.

Does Montessori allow children to do whatever they please?

  • No, children do not do whatever they please. Rather, they enjoy what the do. At Montessori, children learn to actively participate in the process of learning and in their own integral development.
  • They have initiatives for action, they self-direct with intelligence and freedom of choice.
  • The very base of this system is discipline.
  • Montessori offers an environment built to promote the needs of the child toward independence, cooperation and learning.

What happens when a child leaves the Montessori method?

  • Montessori kids are highly adaptable. They learn to work independently and in groups. They have been motivated since a very young age to make their own choices and manage their time on their own; they have problem-solving skills..
  • They have been motivated to share ideas and discuss their work freely with others, which enables a good communication in new environments.
  • The Montessori system is based on non-competitive self-directed activities that help the child develop a healthy self image and have the confidence to face challenges with optimism.

How can we identify a Montessori environment?

A Montessori school has to have the following characteristics:

  • Teachers developed under the Montessori philosophy and methodology, according to their teaching level, with skills and dedications of putting ley concepts into practice.
  • A community between parents and the school. Family is considered an integral part in the child’s development.
  • An environment prepared and designed to promote a learning process in which the child happily faces challenges and makes a permanent effort.
  • Materials, activities and experiences that promote intellectual, physical, creative, social and independant development of the child.
  • An environment that generates social interaction for a cooperative learning, where shared experiences and emotional development exist between classmates.

How do Montessori groups work?

  • All Montessori classes operate under the principle of freedom within limits.
  • Each level has its own established rules, according to age and student needs, based on Montessori’s values of respect for one self, the other and the environment.
  • The children work on their own rhythm with the materials, according to their needs and educational project.
  • Inside each group, children of different ages and educational levels spend time together. This enables them to work naturally in an environment where respect for diversity reigns.
  • Older children share what they’ve learned and, at the same time, reinforce their own learning. This interaction allows for experiences to form around language and conversation to enrich everybody.