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12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School

Posted by Edith On February 22nd

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Over the past couple of months we have provided tips about choosing a Montessori school. Whether you are familiar with the Montessori Method or not, we hope you have learned more about choosing a quality Montessori school that will provide your child with the foundation they need as they embark upon their educational journey. In case you haven’t read this information, you can download it as a FREE eBook by clicking the picture above. Or simply read on and we’ll give you a summation of our posts on tips for helping you decide if Montessori is right for your child.

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iStock 000014342509XSmall 12: Get the Benefits of a Montessori School in the Comfort of Your Own Home

This is the twelfth installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

Practical life exercises are one of the primary foundations of the Montessori environment. These exercises provide a range of activities which allow children to develop:

  • Control and coordination of movement
  • Awareness of environment
  • Orderly thought patterns
  • Independent work habits
  • Responsibility

Through practicing Montessori skills at home, children gain these and many other characteristics which can be attained through spontaneous, purposeful work. Here are a list of activities that you can have your child easily perform in your home environment:

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Student Teacher Ratio 11: Are You Aware of the Student Teacher Ratio at Our Bonita Montessori School?

This is the eleventh installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

An important measure of quality, when searching for a school for your child, is the number of students per classroom. This is typically measured in terms of Student-teacher ratio. Why is this important?

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Extra 2 10: Our Montessori School Offers Spanish As One of Many Enrichment Programs

This is the tenth installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

The mind of a child is like a sponge for knowledge. A child can easily absorb information, soak it in, begin to process it, and retain the knowledge in their long term memory at a much greater capacity then we do as adults. This is why it is so important to begin teaching children a second language at a young age.

Young children are developing language skills rapidly, and they quickly absorb whatever they hear. They can understand new words in different languages at an incredibly fast rate. They can also easily develop the ability to recreate the accents and sounds of various languages. Children are able to pronounce words and sounds that require such things as rolling the tongue or guttural sounds that can be hard to replicate when you are learning a second language as an adult.

At Montessori American School, Spanish is introduced as a second language at an imperative time, when a child is in a sensitive period of language. We adhere to the philosophy of Dr. Montessori, that “No child can learn to perfection as many languages as he hears spoken about him.” Our primary goal in a bilingual program is to help the child develop conversational skills.

When choosing the perfect Montessori school, you should ensure that a bilingual program in place so that your child can take advantage of this opportune time for picking up a second language. In addition, you should consider other enrichment programs that are available, which will also fulfill a child’s natural hunger for knowledge.

In addition to a comprehensive Spanish program, Montessori American School has a variety of other enrichment programs for children, such as:

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9: Is Daycare Available at Your Montessori School?

Posted by Edith On December 28th

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This is the ninth installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

In family situations when both parents are working in full time occupations, the availability of a day care program is a necessary concern.

Montessori American School does provide quality day care programs for working parents. However…

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Girl Sitting Next to Teacher 8: Are the Teachers of Your Montessori School AMS or AMI Certified?

This is the eight of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

When choosing a Montessori school, it is essential that the teachers are AMS or AMI Certified. All teachers at Montessori American have this certification.

Beware, that there is a difference between “training” and “certification”. Certification involves taking classes in:

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teacher working with 3 children 7: Know the Truth About Your Montessori School Teacher’s Training

This is the seventh of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

Anyone can legally use the name “Montessori” in their school, so when choosing a Montessori school, it is imperative that you ensure their teachers are AMI or AMS certified. All of the teachers at the Montessori American School have earned this certification, and some have also earned an Associates or Bachelor’s degree. What else is important to know about teacher’s training?

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Potty Training 6: Does Your Montessori School Provide Potty Training for Toddlers?

This is the sixth of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

If your toddler is not yet potty trained, and you are considering a Montessori school, you may be concerned with the school’s role in assisting to potty train your child. At Montessori American, we work with toddlers in the process of potty training, to help ease them into this step of their development.

You may be wondering if your child is ready to begin potty training. Many children show interest in potty training by age 2, but others may not be ready until age 2 1/2 or older Here are some questions to consider if you’re wondering whether you should begin implementing potty training:

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Tip 5 a 5: Does Your Montessori School Provide Kindergarten Preparation?

This is the fifth of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

When it comes time to make the decision about whether to enroll your 5 year old in public school, or keep them in the Montessori program for Kindergarten, you should be well informed about the value in having a Kindergarten program available at your Montessori school.

Regardless of a family’s financial means, we’ve seen that families who place a high priority on their children’s education will often go to great lengths to keep their children in a Montessori school through the Kindergarten year. So, why is this?

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Child at Montessori American School 4: Looking for the Benefits of a San Diego Private School With a Montessori Education?

This is the fourth of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

Many parents are aware of the benefits of a San Diego private school, such as smaller classroom sizes, stricter requirements for educators, and more flexibility and room for creativity with curriculum and teaching methods. A Montessori school offers these same benefits, along with the additional benefits of a quality Montessori education. What are the benefits of a Montessori education?

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