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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What does Montessori mean?
The “Montessori Method” is a process of educating children discovered by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century
- Why provide Montessori learning?
Montessori learning allows your child to reach his full potential. Our beautiful learning materials and loving teachers surround them as they fulfill their profound need to learn.
- What ages are the Children?
Children ages 2 1/2 to 6, work and play together as a family, in a cooperative and non-competitive environment. The ideal Montessori learning program for your child is the full 3-year program.
- Why should I begin my child at such a young age?
From birth to 6 is referred to as the sensitive period in a child’s life. At this stage he is very receptive to learning and and exposing him to an enriched and prepared environment at this time in his life helps him develop his abilities to the highest level, without pressure and through freedom of choice.
- What is a prepared environment?
A Prepared Environment in a classroom setting is composed of specialized materials prepared and designed by specialized teacher in accordance to the Montessori values and philosophy, appropriate for individualized or group learning.
- What guidelines to learning are given to the children?
Our school is based upon the fundamental need of each child for freedom within limits. Children are longing “to do” with their hands: to touch, to smell, to taste, to see, to hear so that they may learn. They choose their “work” and concentrate for surprisingly long periods of time without interruptions. Socializing is learned, the children use their new acquired speech skills, expressing themselves as individuals as well as chatting about their life values, interests and their family members.
- How will parents know if their child is doing well in school?
Parents get their child’s report card after every quarter. A parent-teacher conference is scheduled to discuss each child’s progress or areas of concern.
- Do they have a curriculum different from the traditional schools?
The Montessori curriculum covers most of the lessons in a traditional curriculum, even more, presented in a different manner. The materials, demonstrations, experiments and even stories make each lesson relevant. The richness of the Montessori curriculum makes it far advanced to the point of having traditional high school concepts presented and understood by our elementary and at times preschool students.
- Do they have lessons on religion?
A child, regardless of his religion, learns the basic doctrine of respecting each other’s similarities and differences, caring for each one as well as caring for one’s self. In other words, value formation is given more importance rather than specific religion. The principals of the different religions are taken as historical study.
- What is the language of instruction? Do they have lessons in Filipino?
English is used as a medium of instruction. The Filipino subject, as well as Sibika and Araling Panlipunan, are presented using different materials.
- Do they have specialty teachers?
Subjects such as Music and Art are integrated in the curriculum thus making a specialty teacher in these areas unnecessary.
- How are the children disciplined?
No form of corporal punishment or withholding of food to modify a child’s behavior is permitted in our school. If recurrent problems arise in the child’s behavior, the directress will arrange for written record of the child’s actions to be made for a period of two weeks, followed by a discussion with the parents.
- If my child doesnt compete with others in a Montessori school, how will he/she compete outside of it?
Competition for a Montessori child is not competition against each other to find out who is best. Rather, it is based on what can be achieved and what he can gain from it. Thus, when they move on to the next school, they will be able to compete to reach goals that they want to achieve.“ A child is not a vessel to be filled… but a lamp to be lighted”