What is Montessori?

The Montessori education system is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori. She was the first woman to graduate as a doctor of medicine in Italy at the turn of the century.

She began working with poor children, establishing a school, or “Casa de Bambini”, which provided a child-oriented environment in which the children worked on specific skills such as buttoning, sweeping, reading and math. This class of underprivileged children soon exceeded the goals for children in the traditional schools.

The Montessori Method today is world-wide and very much the same as it was 100 years ago. For more details, visit our Why Montessori page.

 

Is Montessori a franchise?

Since “Montessori” is a person’s name it cannot be copyrighted. Anyone is free to use the name whether or not their program includes Montessori techniques, equipment or certified staff.

The test of a true Montessori school includes asking for American Montessori Society (AMS), International Montessori Council (IMC) or Association Montessori International (AMI) relations for staff members and for the school as a whole.

Parents should be welcome to observe classes and will notice a happy, harmonious atmosphere, respect of teachers for children, respect of children for teachers, and a full complement of well-cared for, authentic Montessori materials in each class.

 

Is Montessori education religious in nature?

We honor the spirituality of the child at BMM but do not espouse any particular religious belief. As a school we celebrate human diversity and incorporate traditions from many different cultures and religions into our classroom studies.

 

What is the role of the teacher in a Montessori classroom?

The teacher’s role is to control the environment, not the children. The teacher prepares the materials and demonstrates how to use them

 

What schedules do you offer?

You can choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week- you can choose which days as long as we have those days available. Please checkout our Tuition page for more info.

 

What are your hours of operation?

We are open M-F 7am-6pm. Our academic school day runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm. We offer before-care starting at 7:00am and after-care until 6:00pm, at an additional cost.

 

What is your tuition?

Please see our Tuition page.

 

What ages do you accept?

6 weeks to 5 years (or until the child goes to Kindergarten)

 

Do you offer a ½ day or part time hour’s option?

No. Our only part time option is part time days. All students attend, at the minimum 8:30am-3:30pm.

 

What are the advantages of attending school four or five days per week?

1. Consistency is important to a young child. Between 3 and 5 years of age the child is just beginning to grasp the concept of time; today, tomorrow and yesterday. In order to ensure a smooth transition and normalization period the child needs to attend school consistently so there is no confusion each morning as to whether this is a “school day” or not.

We find this is important to toddlers as well as consistency is huge in a toddler’s world.

2. Our comprehensive curriculum covers a different topic each day of the week. This curriculum is designed to begin with the most basic concepts at the start of the school year and slowly build on each of them, integrating each subject into the rest of the classroom so that the child can discover how each is interrelated.

For instance, at Thanksgiving we combine Monday’s lessons on art with Tuesday’s lessons on seasons and the Thanksgiving Timeline, Wednesday’s study of North America, the original inhabitants and endemic species, Thursday’s literature including stories about Native Americans, Pilgrims, and North American plants and animals and Friday’s study of Botany which includes parts of the plant and which edible plants will be included in our Thanksgiving Feast.

If a child has missed only Tuesdays and Thursdays, she has missed a huge portion of this lesson.

3. Our teaching methods are based on the concept of allowing the child plenty of time to practice each skill.In Early Childhood we have found that if a student is attending sporadically his academic, social, and emotional progress will be sporadic as well.

4. Each day the entire class is introduced to new lessons, participates in community roles, such as caring for the pets and updating the calendar, and listens to announcements, often told in storyteller fashion about upcoming events.

The class assumes a family like closeness with each member relying upon the others to perform their role, and all working together toward a common goal such as putting on a play or planning a party. A child who is frequently absent often feels left out.

 

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes, we have an active waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, you can just call and request to be added. We will call the list as spots become available. At re-enrollment time, we will call the individuals on our waiting list before opening enrollment to the public.  Please call to find out what spots we currently have available.

 

What are your student to teacher ratios?

We are state licensed and follow the state recommendations: 

Sunflower’s: 2 teachers to 24 students (2 part time aids)

Wildflower’s: 2 teachers to 14-16 students (2 part time aids)

Daffodil’s: 2 teachers to 12 students (1 part time aid)

Dandelion’s: 2 teachers to 8 students

Daisies: 2 teachers to 8 students

 

How can children learn if they're free to do whatever they want?

Dr. Montessori observed that children are more motivated to learn when working on something of their own choosing. A Montessori student may choose his focus of learning on any given day, but his decision is limited by the materials and activities—in each area of the curriculum—that his teacher has prepared and presented to him.

 

Do Montessori teachers follow a curriculum?

Montessori schools teach the same basic skills as traditional schools, and offer a rigorous academic program. Most of the subject areas are familiar—such as math, science, history, geography, and language—but they are presented through an integrated approach that brings separate strands of the curriculum together.

 While studying a map of Africa, for example, students may explore the art, history, and inventions of several African nations. This may lead them to examine ancient Egypt, including hieroglyphs and their place in the history of writing. The study of the pyramids, of course, is a natural bridge to geometry.

 This approach to curriculum shows the interrelatedness of all things. It also allows students to become thoroughly immersed in a topic—and to give their curiosity full rein.