Q. How is a Montessori education different from a traditional education?
A. The Montessori approach to education is based on respecting the specific needs and abilities of each child. In a Montessori school, students are given freedom within a specially prepared environment. This freedom is coupled with responsibility and respect. Teachers work one-on-one and with small groups to present most lessons, allowing children to progress at their own pace in the various academic areas of the classroom. Classes are generally multi-aged, allowing for a far more individualized educational experience.
Q. Where did the Montessori approach to education originate?
A. Dr. Maria Montessori founded the first Montessori school in Rome in 1907. The first female physician in Italy, Dr. Montessori based her educational method on her extensive scientific study of how children absorb information and learn. Noting that the young child takes in all information through her senses, Dr. Montessori designed "prepared environments" filled with materials and activities she designed that were developmentally appropriate, self-directed, self-correcting, and hands-on. Over 100 years later, the Montessori approach to education has spread around the entire globe and been embraced by scientists, educators, parents and thinkers world-wide.
Q. What ages does The Children’s House Montessori School serve?
A. At The Children’s House , we have classes for toddler through elementary school aged children, 30 months through 10 years
Q. Does Montessori work better for some children?
A. The Montessori approach works for virtually every child, but not necessarily for every family. A key to a child's success is the family's confidence in and understanding of the system and the school. Montessori education can help all types of learners achieve their fullest potential at their own individualized pace. Our multi-age classrooms allow students to comfortably progress at their own pace without feeling "ahead" or "behind" their classmates, no matter what their ages.
Q. Why are classrooms multi-aged?
A. Our classes are multi-aged groupings of children because of our strong belief in the individuality of each child's overall development. The Montessori philosophy believes that children of the same chronological age do not develop identically in terms of their physical, emotional, social, and academic abilities. Multiple ages in a class allow the children to learn from each other, to have the opportunity to be and feel successful, to be appropriately challenged by the teachers in each area of their development, and to have an appropriate social as well as academic peer group.
Q. Is Montessori too rigid? Is Montessori too unstructured?
A. Neither! At The Children’s House, our students are given a large amount of freedom with an equal amount of responsibility. The classrooms are designed and equipped with fascinating and multi-layered materials designed to allow them to explore and learn about everything from self-care to mathematics in a specially prepared classroom environment. With this freedom comes the responsibility to be a part of their classroom community and follow the rules of respect: respect your self, respect others, and respect your environment. The children do not have license to be disruptive, disrespectful, or simply do as they please. Their teachers give individual and small-group lessons, following the interests and needs of each individual child. It comes as no surprise to true Montessorians that given this wonderful balance of freedom and responsibility, students at The Children’s House are highly motivated, excited about leaning, and working at their fullest potential!
Q. Is The Children’s House affiliated with any religious group?
A.No. The Children’s House is a School is private, independent school that has no ties to any religious group. We embrace all religions and model respect and understanding for our students. Our diverse and multi-cultural community includes families from a wide variety of religious backgrounds and we encourage parents to share the traditions and holidays that are special to their families so that our students can have a better cultural understanding of their world.
Q. When can I apply for admission of my child to The Children’s House?
A. At The Children’s House we follow the same admissions timetable that Volusia County Schools. For the regular admissions cycle, applications are due to The Children’s House by March 15. The waiting list is then contacted by phone for acceptances for registration. Because of the international nature of our community, we sometimes have openings that become available at other-than-standard times. We encourage you to contact the Director of The Children’s House if you have specific questions about openings and we will try to be of assistance.
Q. Do you have kindergarten at The Children’s House?
A. Yes, incorporated into our Primary classroom. In a Montessori "Primary" class such as those found at Children’s House, children starting the year as 3, 4 and 5 year olds are grouped together in classrooms balanced in terms of gender and age. Children are individually guided by teachers and work independently and in small groups. Children learn at their own pace therefore, children at any age can be introduced to more advanced materials.
Q. Where do children go after leaving The Children’s House
A. The answer is entirely dependent on the specific child. Children often move on to other highly selective private, independent schools after leaving The Children’s House. Some families may choose to move to a public school system. No matter where they go, our students generally transition smoothly because of the extremely strong academic and social foundations established while at The Children’s House.