Montessori School FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Because the Montessori Method differs so much from traditional education systems, we find that parents have a lot of questions. Here, we answer some of the most frequent.
It’s the most obvious question and the answer is actually very simple. The Montessori philosophy is based on children’s natural developmental needs.
Then it gets more complicated. Children need space and freedom to learn and grow. Montessori schools provide that space and freedom, but in a well-constructed environment that exposes children to different stimuli and materials that encourage them to develop academically, physically, psychologically and emotionally.
Learning is based on the child’s self-motivation to explore and grow, but it’s guided, subtly, by teachers.
There are four important elements to Montessori education:
- Most importantly, children are recognised as individuals. They learn differently to adults and they develop differently from all the children around them. This means that a generic approach just doesn’t work.
- Children’s brains are like sponges, absorbing everything in their environment and learning as they go. Their educational settings should be structured to maximise this process.
- Montessori classes are designed to facilitate the transition from unconscious to conscious learning, which is a very important step in early childhood development.
- Children love to work with purpose, as you’ll know if you’ve ever watched a child absorbed in a practical activity. The pleasure (and the learning) is all in the doing, which is why the Montessori Method provides activities and materials that will encourage children to develop cognitively, physically and emotionally.
In a word: yes. There is no age group or social class that can’t benefit from the Montessori system. It’s equally effective for all children, no matter what their level of physical and mental development.
The results speak for themselves: children with a healthy level of self-confidence balanced by a good measure of self-discipline. They are independent and self-motivated and always excited to learn new things. The fact that they haven’t been drilled in any prescribed learning methods gives them a unique approach to problem solving.
Yes they can. Remember that Montessori educated children have self-discipline, self-confidence and a great deal of respect and enthusiasm for learning. They are naturally flexible and adaptable and shouldn’t have much trouble slotting into a traditional classroom.
The no-talking rule may come as something of a shock, though.