Frequently Answered Questions

Here are some of the most asked questions parents seem to have each year. More information about our Program can be found in other places on our website. You will probably have more questions – don’t be afraid to ask! 
How different Montessori Program from other Traditional school Program?

The Montessori Method is different from all others as well as Traditional in many ways:

The Montessori Model

Traditional Education

Model whole child approach: values cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. Emphasis on acquisition of knowledge.
Teacher is facilitator and guide; child is an active participant. Teacher’s role is dominant; child is passive participant.
Teacher uses individual and small group instruction; personalizes instruction to meet individual student needs. Teacher uses mainly group instruction designed to meet the needs of the majority of the students.
Child sets own learning pace. Teacher sets instruction pace for the group.
Mixed age grouping. Same age grouping.
Children are encouraged to help, work with, and teach each other. Most teaching done by the teacher; collaboration is limited and controlled by the teacher.
Children have choices within the classroom and are given “freedom within limits”:

  • Child has choices regarding work (teacher will guide, as needed, to assist student in making appropriate choices).
  • Child has choices regarding where to work and can move around and talk as long as others are not disturbed.
  • Child has choices about how long to work on specific activity or project.
Teacher makes most of the decisions in the classroom:

  • Teacher chooses work for the child.
  • Children typically are assigned seats at desks or tables. Children are encouraged to sit still and listen; movement is discouraged.
  • Teacher decides how much time is spent on each activity.
Discipline is designed to develop children who are self-correcting.

  • Norms based on mutual respect; children involved in setting norms.
  • Teachers set limits and offer choices to children within the limits.
  • Children experience the consequences of their actions, promoting responsibility and accountability.
  • Children make good and poor choices; poor choices are viewed as an opportunity to develop the child’s problem-solving skills.
Discipline is designed to control the behavior of children.

  • Teacher sets rules and enforces them.
  • Rules are reinforced by rewards an

Is Montessori Program for All Children?
The Montessori Program has been used successfully with different children, representing those in regular classes as well as the gifted, children with developmental delays, and children with emotional and physical disabilities. There is no one school that is right for all children. There are children who may do better in a smaller classroom setting with a more teacher-directed program that offers fewer choices and more consistent structure. Some children might not adapt as easily to a Montessori program; talk to a Montessori Teacher before making your decision to bring your child to a Program.
Is Montessori Structured or Unstructured?
It is quite structured at every level. It is highly individualized but it does not mean that students can do whatever they want. At the early childhood level, external structures is limited to clear-cut ground rules and correct procedures that provide guidelines and structure for three- and four-year-olds. By age five, most programs introduce some sort of formal system to help students keep track of what they have accomplished and what they still need to complete. Montessori children normally work with a written study plan for the day or week. It lists the tasks that they need to complete in every classroom area while allowing them to decide how long to spend on each and what order they would like to follow.
Will the child be able to merge into Traditional Program after Montessori?
There is nothing inherent in Montessori that causes children to have a hard time if they are transferred to traditional schools. Some will be bored. Sometimes they are puzzled and do not understand why everyone in the class has to do the same thing at the same time. But most adapt to their new setting fairly quickly, making new friends, and succeeding within the definition of success understood in their new school. Of course they will feel the difference between schools for some time. E.g. the curriculum in Montessori schools is often more enriched than that taught in other schools. The methods of teaching are different and Learning will often be focused more on adult-assigned tasks (read about how different Montessori Program from other Traditional school Program),but children will easily adapt to the program.
How many times a week should my child attend Montessori Program? Why Do Most Montessori Programs Ask Young Children to Attend Five Days a Week?
Two- and three-day programs are often attractive to parents who do not need full-time care; however, five-day programs create the consistency that is so important to young children and which is essential in developing strong Montessori programs. Since the primary goal of Montessori involves creating a culture of consistency, order, and empowerment, most Montessori schools will expect children to attend five days a week.
Is Montessori more Expensive Compared to other Schools?
It is. Because Montessori programs are normally more expensive to organize and run than other programs due very high cost of purchasing the educational materials and furniture needed to equip each Montessori classroom.
Does Montessori Teach Religion?

Montessori does not teach religion. Many Montessori schools celebrate holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukah, and Chinese New Year, which are religious in origin, but they are experienced on a cultural level as special days of family feasting, merriment, and wonder. While Montessori does not teach religion, we do present the great moral and spiritual themes, such as love, kindness, joy, and confidence in the fundamental goodness of life in simple ways that encourage the child to begin the journey toward being fully alive and fully human.