FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A child who has completed 2 years of age, is eligible to be admitted to Aarambh Montessori. The admission however depends on the availability of seats at that time
Montessori education is about allowing children to grow at their own pace and exploring things for themselves. Each child is unique and achieves developmental goals differently from others. The period at which these developmental goals are achieved are different for each child. They are allowed to achieve them naturally and not forced. But, by the age of 6, most children have naturally achieved all the developmental goals, sometimes, even more than that is required for that age. Hence, it is recommended that children stay at Aarambh Montessori House of Children, till they reach the age of 6, to give them the sense of completeness and fulfilment.
Montessori brings about development in every sense of the word – truly all-around development. There is development of the body – physical development – as the child performs activities that involve tiny movements of the fingers and large movements of the body. There is spiritual development as the child seeks for knowledge and is encouraged in this seeking – he develops the spirit of enquiry. There is intellectual development as the child gains the knowledge he has sought. There is linguistic development as the child speaks freely, is listened to, and learns to express himself. There is emotional development as the child feels positive emotions after he has achieved the required. There is social development as children show consideration for each other as they share the material and help each other. The child develops the ability to concentrate for longer periods. Through it all, the child is growing as an individual, as a significant member of a group.
The Montessori method gives the child ‘inner work’ and ‘outer work’, both of which he needs in his efforts to grow into an adult. It develops his will, intellect and his motor control, separately and together. It sharpens his sensorial abilities by giving him the opportunity for focused use of his senses. It gives him a strong foundation in Mathematics and Language. It gives him the ability to work and teaches him to be a responsible person.
The Montessori education method supports and encourages multi-age grouping. Older children work with younger children; helping the older children develop empathy, leadership skills, growing into confident beings that are role-models for the younger ones to follow.
The younger children and naturally encouraged to accomplish more challenging activities. Multi-age grouping also promotes respect between older and younger children and reinforces knowledge of the Montessori materials. Development of social skills is a natural outcome of a mixed age classroom.
The goal of both Montessori and Traditional method of education is the same: To provide learning experiences to the child. The biggest differences lie in the approach they use to accomplish this goal.
|MONTESSORI CLASSROOM||CONVENTIONAL CLASSROOM|
|MONTESSORI CLASSROOM||CONVENTIONAL CLASSROOM|
|Child centered approach||Teacher driven approach|
|Teacher acts as a facilitator||Teacher controls the class|
|Each child is a unique individual and each child learns differently. Thus, Montessori tailors its approach to the unique needs of each child, and to the specific needs of each child’s established developmental stage.||“One size fits all” approach. Every child in a particular grade learns the same thing at the same time|
|Children learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interest||Children learn from a set curriculum according to a time frame that is the same for everyone|
|Child is an active participant in learning and learns using materials specially prepared for the purpose||Child is a passive participant in learning and is taught by the teacher|
|Learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked||Children sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets|
|Child can work where he/she is comfortable, move around and talk at will while not disturbing others||Child is usually assigned his/her own chair and encouraged to sit still and listen during group sessions|
|Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline||Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline|
|Child works as long as he/she wishes on a chosen project||Child generally given specific time limit for work|
|Uninterrupted work cycles||Fixed period lessons|
|Mixed age groups||Same age groups|
|Shared emphasis on intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development||Main emphasis on intellectual development|
In essential ways, the child of today is the same as the child of yesterday or the child of tomorrow. Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met, children glow with excitement and a drive to work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment.
The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability. The children live and learn in a mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in with the adults.
Today Montessori teacher training centres and schools exist in all continents. There are Montessori parenting classes, infant communities, “children’s houses” (for age 3-6), and classes for children up to age eighteen in public and private schools. Montessori assists in the work with gifted and talented children. It also helps in programmes for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Many parents use Dr. Montessori’s discoveries to raise/educate their children at home.