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Frequently Asked Questions
   

Why is the three-year cycle important in Montessori?

 

To receive the full benefits of a Montessori education, a child who enrolls should remain in the program for 3 years or more.  Each step of a child’s development and learning from the time he/she enters the Montessori classroom serves as a solid foundation for the next.  The child who does not finish the program will never experience the same benefits, joy and satisfaction of having reached the end.   

 

The best analogy would be reading a book but never know what the last chapter is.  If you never know how it ends, your experience won’t be the same.  The Montessori program works in the same way.  Therefore, the importance of the 3-year cycle is crucial in Montessori.

How does Montessori affect children?
 

Research studies have shown that children educated according to the Montessori system are more self-disciplined, self-confident, independent, and creative.  Scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are above average in following directions, adapting to new situations, turning in work on time, listening attentively, taking responsibility, asking provocative questions. They are said to be enthusiastic about learning, to concentrate well, and to have a good foundation in academic skills and in organized problem solving.  Children find joy in learning itself rather than in the teacher's approval or a “gold star”.  Montessori education provides a framework in which intellectual and social developments go hand in hand.

How do Montessori students adjust when they go into a traditional school?
 

Whether the child attends private school or goes on to public school, Montessori education provides an excellent background for education. Children who complete the 3-year cycle are well prepared academically, emotionally and socially.  They have a strong academic foundation, but most importantly, they are usually adaptable, have a positive attitude toward learning, a sense of responsibility and respect for others. They have learned to work independently and in groups.  Since they have been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time well.  They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others and good communication skills ease the way in new settings. These qualities will serve them well in any future educational system whether it will be in continuing Montessori elementary education, public or traditional private institutions.

Furthermore, research has shown that one of the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and changes.

 Why do Montessori classes have mixed ages?
 

Montessori classes bring children together in multi-age groups, usually spanning three age levels. Children stay with their teachers for three years. This allows teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their pupils, allows them to know each child’s learning style very well and encourages a strong sense of communityamong the children. The interaction between the mixed-ages provides ample opportunities for the younger children to learn from their older peers while the older children gain a sense of responsibility; ultimately instilling confidence all of them.

How well does the Montessori education prepare the children for success in later life?

 

Research has shown that Montessori children are well prepared for later life not just academically, but also socially and emotionally. They typically score well on the standardized tests and consistently show enhanced ability for following directions, independent thinking, and adapting to new situations.

Who are some famous Montessori Alumni?
  There are many. Some of the well known ones are:
 

Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Founders of Google.com)

Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com)

Katherine Graham (Owner/Editor of The Washington Post)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Editor and Former First Lady of John F. Kennedy)

Anne Frank (author of the Diary of Anne Frank)

Prince William and Prince Harry (English Royal Family)

Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia)

Chelsea Clinton (daughter of Bill & Hillary Clinton)

Children of Yo Yo Ma (Cellist)

   
 
 

   

 
 

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