Sending your child to a Montessori school is a big decision, and we understand the anxiety and fear you must feel. So today, we’re answering some of the most common questions parents ask us about Montessori.
Is Montessori only for the rich and wealthy?
This misconception arose among the working class in the mid-20th century, as only a few families sent their children to preschool.
Some parents also think that Montessori schooling isn’t affordable because only 10% of Montessori preschools in the US are public.
Montessori education is education based on Maria Montessori’s principles and teachings, and it’s beneficial for all children.
This is why people are pressuring the government to open more public Montessori preschools.
Are children never told no?
Many parents think a Montessori preschool gives children the freedom to do whatever they want, and there are no rules to follow, but this is not true.
Montessori education encourages independent learning and curiosity. Classes are child-centered, and kids are motivated to self-learn and self-regulate.
To help children learn to self-discipline, they are given clear and concise instructions, and then, the freedom to act on those instructions in any way they see fit, as long as they aren’t disturbing anyone else.
For example, it’s the child’s right to choose any material they want to work with. And it’s their responsibility to respectfully use that material and then put it back into its original place so another student can then use it.
Can children get individual attention in Montessori mixed-age classes?
Maria Montessori designed classes to be multi-aged so kids could interact with older and younger children and learn from each other.
In a Montessori preschool, toddlers from 1 to 3 years old are grouped together in one class while children from 3 to 6 years old are grouped in preprimary.
Also, Montessori classes are usually limited to 24 students per teacher. This teacher-student ratio is ideal, as it helps the child get individual care and attention while also giving them space to do things independently.
Is the Montessori system too structured and rigid?
The Montessori education system believes that children need order and structure in their lives to be focused and productive.
In a Montessori classroom, teachers use physical activities such as sweeping, tidying, and washing to improve kids’ motor skills while also teaching them practical self-help lessons that they need when they go out into the professional world.
At Centerra Ranch Montessori School, we follow all the critical elements of Montessori education to ensure our children have the best possible environment for growth and learning. Our programs are divided into age groups for infants, toddlers, preprimary, and bridge to kindergarten.
To view our range of facilities—such as the music room, yoga sessions, arts and crafts, etc.—you can schedule a tour with us. Hurry up, as there are only a few spots left in the 2020 school year. Don’t miss your chance to enroll your child in a preschool awarded best in Katy, Texas, for two years in a row!