1) Why should I put my child in a Montessori instead of in a conventional school?
The Montessori Method has been known to work well with students of diverse cultures all over the world for greater than 100 years. The methodology itself is based on the study and observation of children aged 2.5 to 6, making it more relevant to them than conventional methods of teaching. The Montessori classroom provides freedom to the child within limits, and enhances their confidence and calm behaviour. It also builds self-dependence and self-reliance in the child’s mind since they are encouraged to ask questions and are instantly taught how to perform tasks they might have been having trouble with.
2) How long does my child need to remain in Montessori?
It is advisable that they child remain in Montessori throughout the formative years between 2.5 and 6, to ensure the best implementation of the Montessori Method.
3) Will my child adjust to conventional schooling after Montessori?
Montessori children adjust very well into the conventional school. AIM even has a transition room, where children who are close to completion of the Montessori curriculum are introduced to the table and chair environment. Historically, there haven’t been any problems faced by the child in entering a conventional school after Montessori.
4) What is the purpose of a mixed age group?
The mixed age group system allows the older children to act as mentors to the younger children. This provides confidence to the older children as they reinforce their learnings while teaching the younger ones, and provides the younger children support and confidence in learning new things. The system also encourages a family structure, making the child feel safer and therefore less afraid to experiment.
5) How does Montessori schooling in the younger years help the child in the real world?
Children who have been in the Montessori system in the younger years are seen to be sharp and quick learners throughout their life. They always carry a positive attitude towards learning new things.
6) Do I need to do anything at home to assist my child’s learning process?
Reinforcing the Montessori Method at home will assist faster growth and development of the child. “Exercises of practical life” such as cleaning, gardening, cooking, and placing the right thing in the right place should all be encouraged at home. These activities involve the child in the household and strengthen the values taught at school.
For any further queries and concerns, do contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have on the Montessori system or AIM.