Q: Is Montessori just for preschool children?
A: While the majority of Montessori schools in the United States are preschools, Montessori programs exist at age levels from birth to eighteen. This method of learning through self-motivated discovery, as demonstrated in the Montessori classroom, is not only applicable to young children, but has benefits without discrimination—no limits on age, place, time, or space. The benefits are far reaching. Continue reading our Montessori FAQ page to learn more.
Q: Is Montessori only for children with learning differences?
- A: The methods used in Montessori schools are highly effective with children who have learning differences and gifted learners. The reason for this effectiveness, however, is that the learning environments have been designed to ensure success for all. We meet each child where they are at and guide them through the sequenced curriculum at their own pace.
Q: Are Montessori schools religious?
- A: Maria Montessori respected the spiritual nature of children when considering the education of the whole child. We present lessons from the Children & Worship curriculum at the preprimary and elementary level. Starting the day with prayer and praying before meals is part of living and demonstrating our Christian values, however, Go Like the Wind is a place for all faiths to come together and grow in learning. We are happy to provide your children with a strong values based education that warmly welcomes our beautifully diverse community.
Q: Can I afford a Montessori education for my child?
A: The American Montessori movement that began in the 1950s was primarily a private preschool movement, supported by tuition. Go Like the Wind Montessori School is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified students whose families cannot afford the school’s full charges. In fact, 20% of our students received scholarships during the 2015-16 school year. Apply Online.
Q: Are children in Montessori classrooms relatively unsupervised and able to do whatever they want?
A: Montessori is based on the principle of freedom of choice in choosing purposeful activity. If your child is being destructive or is using materials in an aimless way, his or her teacher will intervene and gently redirect your child either to other more appropriate materials or to a more appropriate use of the material. Your children will enjoy freedom with responsibility. Their daily decision making practice helps to develop a higher level of executive functioning.
Q: Are Montessori classrooms too structured?
A: Although teachers are careful to clearly specify purpose of each material and present activities in a clear, step-by-step order, your child is free to choose from a vast array of activities and to discover new possibilities. Montessori teachers are observing to discover what each child needs. This is what is meant by the phrase, “follow the child”.
Q: Does Montessori inspire creativity?
- A: The freedom of the prepared environment encourages creative approaches to problem-solving. While teacher directed fantasy is discouraged, fantasy play initiated by the child is viewed as healthy and purposeful. In addition, art and music activities are integral parts of your child’s Montessori experience.
Q: Do Montessori classrooms push children too far and too fast?
- A: Especially relevant to the Montessori philosophy is the idea of allowing each child to develop at his or her own unique and individual pace. The miracle stories of Montessori children reaching far ahead of traditional expectations for their age level are not due to artificial acceleration. Rather, it is the boundless possibilities open to children when they are allowed to learn at their own pace in a scientifically prepared environment. The aim is for your child to reach their full potential, which is not predetermined. We empower our students with the knowledge that they can grow their academic and emotional intelligence by working through challenges. Therefore, they happily enter their school wanting to try new things that are not easy at first.
Q: How is the Montessori method staying current?
- A: While appropriate changes have been made to the original Montessori curriculum (including the introduction of computers and modifications to the practical life exercises to keep them culturally relevant), the basic pedagogy has not changed much since Dr. Montessori’s lifetime. Current research is validating what Montessori learned through scientific observations. Researchers are designing new materials that are inline with the Montessori philosophy. We have introduced a Montessori Maker Space that utilizes 21st century tools to extend the practical life works. MIT scientists are collecting data (ex. tracking children’s work flow and material choices) as part of the research that is validating the Montessori methods. While others borrow bits and pieces, your child will receive the authentic method in its entirety here at Go Like the Wind.