What is Montessori?

The Montessori primary system of education is designed to meet the learning needs of preschoolers, ages 3 to 6. The classroom is full of materials that help children to be independent and later to learn the basic concepts of math, language, geography and science. Children experience deep satisfaction in learning and are supported to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, good social skills and a joyous attitude towards school. Maria Montessori began by observing and learning from the children. As she introduced her materials, she kept only those that they showed an interest in. These interests, or sensitive periods, are manifestations of the developing brain. Our classrooms today provide the learning tools that children need as they pass through the sensitive periods of these early years.

How does Montessori differ from the traditional preschool?

In a Montessori classroom, the teacher acts as a guide to the child who is learning how to use the numerous materials available. It is the child who decides what materials to work on, and this is determined partly by the area of the brain that is currently developing. The child progresses at his/her own rate.

In most traditional preschools, it is the teacher who decides the activities for the day, and typically the instructions are given to the whole group, rather than one on one or to a small group. The emphasis is often on play rather than on meeting the learning needs of the developing child.

What kind of discipline do you use?

Our teachers are trained in the use of positive discipline. We are firm, fair and consistent. As the children work with the materials, they develop an inner discipline, and as they become absorbed in learning the many tasks available, they experience a great sense of achievement. For most, disturbing behavior loses its attraction.

Do Montessori children learn good social skills?

Children develop excellent social skills in a Montessori environment. They learn to wait their turn to use a favorite material. (There are many others to choose from.) And when they choose a material to work on, they know that it is theirs until they return it to the shelf. Thus, they learn to respect others, and they are respected in turn.

Very young children enjoy working next to their friends. As they mature, they become ready for interactive learning and play. Many Montessori materials can be used by two or more children at a time, teaching the children to cooperate while they have fun learning.

How do children adjust to school after leaving a Montessori program?

Most children adjust well to their new schools, especially if they have completed their kindergarten year in a Montessori environment. They have been given the opportunity to be independent learners and to think for themselves. They can follow instructions and can complete assignments on their own. They know a lot and are generally self-confident and excited about school.

Does the Creative Montessori School have a religious affiliation?

We have no religious affiliation. Our school has children of many different faiths, and our classes are enriched by this diversity.

Do you serve breakfast or lunch?

We are not licensed to serve meals. Children bring their own lunches to school. Most children eat breakfast at home before they arrive. Parents will provide healthy snacks to be eaten during work time.

Which school district calendar do you follow?

Since we are located in the Northshore School District, we follow their Calendar for Spring Break. We are closed all national holidays. Our Program is closed for two weeks in December. We have a few in service days and conference days that the school is closed.

Does my child have to be potty-trained to attend Creative Montessori School?

Yes, our school isn’t licensed to change diapers.

Do you offer a Kindergarten Program?

Yes, all of our programs incorporate kindergarten children. Our materials go well beyond the kindergarten year. Our children learn at their own rate and can progress as far as they are able.