Frequently Asked Questions
- Montessori is a method of education.
- In Montessori, the children choose their own work.
- Montessori isn’t religious, it isn’t just for gifted children and it isn’t just for the wealthy.
- Montessori happens in public and private schools all over the world.
- Montessori has mixed-age classrooms, hands-on materials and students learning at their own pace.
- Montessori is observation and evidence based.
- The best way to understand Montessori is to visit our school and see it in action.
- Montessori is education for peace.
- Happy and healthy child
- Love of learning
- Ability to concentrate
- Sense of personal dignity
- Pleasure and fulfillment in work for its own sake
- No need for rewards or punishment
- Freedom of choice within limits
- Enjoyment of repetition
- Ability to work alone
- Love of order
- Joyful state
To be able to work with an intelligent purpose and with no interruptions are the basis of Montessori education. Classroom limits are put in place to help achieve a peaceful environment where the child can flourish. The teachers, called guides, give the children attractive presentations at the appropriate developmental time and guide the children to choose work by themselves, finish it completely, and put it away in order.
Children are encouraged to work independently, to respect their peers’ desire to work undisturbed and to complete their three hour work cycle thus emphasizing the importance we put on personal dignity and self-discipline. Children learn the ground rules and are comfortable and secure in our authentic Montessori environment.
Today, in our 3rd decade we continue to offer North Central Washington *AMI Montessori education. We follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s original pedagogy, adhering to the principles of Association Montessori Internationale which have been proven successful around the world for over a century. We have graduated hundreds of successful, independent thinkers who have gone on to be successful in a variety of professions such as: a Naturopath, a Master Artisan that makes fine Cello’s, Teachers, Mothers and Fathers and various other occupations that are important for the sustaining of our planet.
The term “Montessori” is not copyrighted and can be used freely by any school or childcare center. *AMI-The Association Montessori Internationale was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work and to ensure it would be perpetuated after her death. The AMI diploma is respected worldwide. It is the benchmark for quality, integrity and the authenticity of Montessori education. Dr. Montessori’s goal was to foster the full development of the human being. A Teacher Training Center that carries the AMI name is continuing the tradition of quality first established by Dr. Montessori, a tradition that incorporates standards based directly on Dr. Montessori’s work.
Over 60 Years of Research Showing Success:
A longitudinal study of Milwaukee high school graduates showed that students who had attended Montessori preschool and elementary programs significantly outperformed a peer control group on math/science scores. “In essence,” the study found, “attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to eleven predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.”
— Kathryn Rindskopf Dohrmann, Ph.D., MPH, “Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program: A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools” (AMI/USA May, 2003)
Another study found significantly higher student motivation and socialization among adolescents in Montessori programs compared to traditional school environments. “There were strong differences suggesting that Montessori students were feeling more active, strong, excited, happy, relaxed, sociable, and proud while engaged in academic work. They were also enjoying themselves more, they were more interested in what they were doing, and they wanted to be doing academic work more than the traditional students.”
— Kevin Rathunde, Ph.D., “A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context,” The NAMTA Journal 28.3 (Summer 2003): pp. 12-52.
A comparison of Montessori students with students in other school programs found that 5-year-old Montessori students scored higher on both academic and behavioral tests than the control group. The study also found that 12-year-old Montessori students wrote more sophisticated and creative stories and showed a more highly developed sense of community and social skills than students in other programs.
— Angeline Lillard, Ph.D., “Evaluating Montessori Education,” Science 131:1893-94 (Sept. 29, 2006)
Montessori Children’s School of Wenatchee, LLC has complete sets of the Montessori materials used to teach reading, writing, mathematics, geometry, art, geography, science, music, and the skills of practical life. Examples of a few of these materials are: The metal insets, Sandpaper Letters, Puzzle Maps, The Bells, The Red Rods, and The Dressing Frames. Each child has many opportunities for the development of their social skills as well. Ongoing lessons in grace and courtesy are an integral part of the daily routine. While other schools may use manipulatives, the Montessori manipulatives were scientifically designed and tested to help the child take abstract ideas and put them in a concrete form. These “materialized abstractions” help children understand and develop order in their minds.
Our Montessori classroom has children of varying ages so each child has the opportunity to be the youngest, middle and oldest in the school. All the children have the opportunity to teach and learn from each other. This helps them foster a sense of community and responsibility. Our lessons in, Grace and Courtesy, help children develop the life skills needed to be successful in all of the social situations they will encounter throughout their life. They also learn the need to have respect for all living things on earth. Read more about the importance of Grace and Courtesy by clicking on the following: www.michaelolaf.net Look for the newsletter, “Manners, Grace & Courtesy Newsletter”.