Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Are there any books available to familiarize myself with the Montessori method of teaching?
When should my child start Montessori Preschool?
Which types of children go to Montessori School?
What is the guide’s role in the classroom?
Why does the child decide, for the most part, what to work on each day?
Why is there a mixed age group in the same classroom?
Can my child begin in your Montessori school before the preschool age? 
 
 
   
   
 
Are there any books available to familiarize myself with the Montessori method of teaching?

Are there any books available to familiarize myself with the Montessori method of teaching?
Yes, there are several books available at your local library or bookstore. The following books are merely some recommended resource books to aquaint yourself with the Montessori philosophy and method that your child may experience in our classroom:

The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method, Dr. Maria Montessori
The Secret of Childhood, Dr. Maria Montessori
From Childhood to Adolescence, Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori-A Modern Approach, Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori and Your Child, Terry Maloy

 
 
When should my child start Montessori Preschool?

It is preferable for children to enter the Montessori Preschool between the ages of 2 ½ and 3 ½ years.

 
 
Which types of children go to Montessori School?

Children with various learning abilities enjoy our Montessori School.

 
 
What is the guide’s role in the classroom?
   
  • The guide introduces new concepts, explains and illustrates learning activities to individual students or to small groups at a time
  • The guide determines when the child is ready to be guided to the next level of exploration.
  • The guide acts as a companion and a confidant.
  • The guide observes the children in the classroom, ensuring that they are working on some activity of choice and only intervenes when the student needs help.
 
 
Why does the child decide, for the most part, what to work on each day?
An important natural characteristic of your young child is curiosity. After the child is introduced to the concepts and carefully guided by the guide, he/she chooses what they wish to explore. By encouraging exploration, your child delights in learning and learns to build a foundation of work habits. Also, your child will develop an independence and initiative that strengthens his/her concentration.
 
 
Why is there a mixed age group in the same classroom?
This setup provides opportunities for peer learning and teaching. Respect for others and their work is fostered in the classroom environment.
 
 
Can my child begin in your Montessori school before the preschool age?

Yes! As Reach for the Stars Montessori houses the first Infant/Toddler Montessori (AMI instructed) in Western Canada; children can begin as early as 12 months of age; as long as they are confidently walking.

This program is held at our Boundary Rd campus. 

 
 
 
 

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