Frequently Asked Questions
Montessori FAQs - Why should I consider Montessori school for my child? By Steve J. Hughes
An environment optimized for the awakening, independence and development of the child
– better social cognition
– better socialization
– better academic aptitude
– better behavior
– better cognitive functioning
– beautiful, colorful, peaceful classes with art on the walls, material adapted to the size of the children.
Your goal is to find a school that can replicate an environment almost as warm as home with mom and dad.
Staying with mom and dad at home may seem very good but it lacks what a Montessori school offers
Montessori FAQs - Is Montessori some kind of religion? By Steve J. Hughes
The answer is of course: no.
Many people revere Maria Montessori, this can be explained because, the human being has a strong instinct to protect the child.
Many parents are so impressed by the Montessori pedagogy and the progress of their child that they oversell their experience which can be taken for fanaticism and therefore a kind of religion.
Maria Montessori was one of the rare geniuses in her subject, she saw the why and how so clearly on the subject of pedagogy.
Montessori FAQs - Is Montessori expensive and you can find it only in private schools? By Steve J. Hughes
In most countries, Montessori education can only be found in private schools.
In the United States, there are hundreds of public Montessori schools, it is a very small percentage of all existing Montessori schools.
Trends are changing, there are more and more public Montessori schools, however things are progressing very slowly.
Parents are the number 1 actors in this change, if a large number of parents push the movement, things will change.
Montessori FAQs - Is Montessori just a trend? By Steve J. Hughes
The first Montessori school was founded in 1907, since Montessori pedagogy has had an international influence.
It is the oldest alternative education in history.
Today, there are 35,000 Montessori schools around the world.
It’s not a fad, it’s just a pedagogy more suitable for the awakening and independence of the child.
Montessori FAQs - What does my child's brain need? By Steve J. Hughes
Physical and emotional security, proper nutrition, a healthy and stable environment and lots of love.
If it all comes together most of the work is done.
The rest is based on the child’s personal experiences.
Montessori FAQs - What is a parents' most important job? By Steve J. Hughes
Bringing up the child as well as possible.
Raising a loving and kind child so that he can one day find his half and be happy.
For the parent, the person who will accompany his child for life is very important. It is the person who will raise his grandchildren so it is essential to watch over that.
Your child should be a loyal and trustworthy person too.You want your child to be with a humble “winner” without arrogance.
So the most important job of a parent is to watch over what their child will become.
Montessori FAQs - Why are modern technologies not used in Montessori classrooms? By Steve J. Hughes
Children today are constantly surrounded by technology.
Research has proven that contrary to popular belief, technology does not facilitate learning.
Clicking and swiping does not contribute to a child’s nervous system growth or social development.
Montessori schools are not against modern technologies, they just want to use them for the right reasons.
Montessori FAQs - What does Montessori offer that other kinds of schools don't? By Steve J. Hughes
In a classic school experience, you probably learned to read, to write, to count, to socialize.
However, in a traditional school, the role of the teacher is to transmit knowledge to you and yours, to learn.
What you learn and what you learned was not of your resort.
Everyone agrees that it is better when the child learns by himself, when it is brought by his own curiosity.
In a classical school, the student is subject to the sound of the bell, unlike a Montessori school.
In a Montessori school there is great respect for the child’s discovery process. The design of the classrooms is optimized to facilitate the child’s curiosity.
Montessori FAQs - Are Montessori children able to transition to "normal" schools? By Steve J. Hughes
There have been studies on this subject and in short: yes, Montessori children are able to integrate into a normal school.Montessori children fit in well with their classmates and teachers. Some teachers even call them “school and well-organized” children.They are also said to be “focused and disciplined”.However, some Montessori children find classical education a bit “boring” because they are subject to barriers in their learning, unlike in Montessori education.So yes, Montessori children are able to integrate into a normal school.
Montessori FAQs - Is Montessori only for preschool? By Steve J. Hughes
Montessori education is very important for kindergarten, but it does not stop there.
Montessori education is accessible for 4 child age levels: from birth to 3 years old, from 3 to 6 years old, from 6 to 12 years old, from 12 to 15 years old.
Each environment is different depending on the age group.
The training of a Montessori teacher is different depending on the age of the children with whom she will work.
There is a majority of teachers for 3 to 6 year olds because this is a key period for the development of the child.
But things are changing. Education from 3 to 6 years old is no longer dissociated from other age levels. The Montessori method is expanding all over the world.
Montessori FAQs - Do children in Montessori classrooms get to do whatever they want? By Steve J. Hughes
The child does not do what he wants, he wants what he does.
A Montessori class does not look like a normal class, inside it looks like the children are playing.
But developmental research shows that play and child labor.
Children seek to know how the world works, they do this through exploitation of their environment and sometimes it could be taken as a game.
The fact that children have the opportunity to choose their own work is key to Montessori education.
Freedom optimizes their learning experience and the development of their personal motivation. This internal motivation is the key to success
Les écoles Montessori sont-elles réservées aux enfants surdoués ou aux enfants en difficulté ?
Some people think that since Montessori schools are different from normal schools, they should be for different children than “normal” children.
But this is not true, it is an education made for the development of the child both emotionally and neurologically.
Also allowing to learn to live in society. Children need to explore, try, fail and try again. This is how humans develop their nervous system, we are designed to do it this way.This is how each individual develops his brain.And that is what Montessori offers to all children.
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