What can I expect to my child to learn at Peace?

We not only prepare your child academically but we help grow his social skills and emotional maturity. Moreover, we nurture the child to develop a deep sense of independence, which fuels an innate desire to learn.

If children are allowed to choose their own work, how do you make them learn?

We believe children want to learn and come to this world with a deep curiosity of the world around them. Our goal is to keep this burning curiosity alive and continually inspire the children’s thirst for learning.

Why is it so quiet in a Montessori classroom? Are the children allowed to speak?

Upon entering a Montessori classroom an observer will first be struck by the quiet hum. It will appear to be a busy classroom where each child is working independently. The quiet and peaceful environment allows the children the opportunity to focus and concentrate, learning through all 5 senses rather than the traditional listen and do model. The quiet environment leads not only to concentration but also to self-discipline, respect for others and respect for the environment. The children are encouraged to share their interests, work and accomplishments with one another.

What is the child to teacher ratio?

Toddler classroom – 5 children to 1 teacher
Primary classroom – 11 children to 1 teacher
Elementary classroom – 12 children to 1 teacher

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

We do not require children to be toilet trained in our toddler program. Children enrolled in our primary program must be free of diapers and pull-ups.

What is the purpose of multi-age classrooms?

Each child spends several years with the same teacher and the same children; a continuity that fosters a trusting and more secure classroom community. Children are able to learn many skills from their peers in a non-competitive atmosphere. The older children often teach the younger children a lesson or skill, which enhances and reinforces their own knowledge.

Do you adhere to state standards?

The Montessori approach to education encompasses rich traditions based on scientific study regarding how children develop and learn. The concept of providing a child with deep understanding of concepts through experiences with concrete materials in place of superficial knowledge and rote memorization is a key tenant of the Montessori method. Montessori schools adhere to a scope and sequence that speaks directly to our curriculum where state standards do not.

How is discipline handled?

True discipline comes more from within than from without and is the result of steadily developing inner growth. A child must first establish inner discipline before she can carry out her own acts. Through lessons, modeling and the environment the children are encouraged to develop inner control, which allows them to choose the “right” behavior. Seeking to control a child rather than to guide them will not encourage an understanding and desire to support themselves and the community.

How can I support my child’s Montessori education at home? What do you provide in terms of parent education?

First and foremost, we encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher; she will be your best means by which to bring Montessori philosophies into your home. In addition, we recommend parents attend the various parent education events we hold during the year. Topics vary from year to year, but typically include such ideas as Montessori at home, reading, positive discipline, and siblings without rivalry. We also suggest that parents read the many Montessori and other parenting books we have in our library as well as our school newsletters.

Why should I keep my child at Peace Montessori through Adolescent age?

With our personalized curriculum and small classroom size, our children have a wondrous love of learning. Children take responsibility for their own education by contributing to the decisions made about their work plan, participating in parent teacher conferences, and self-assessing their own work. When children are treated with respect, they learn to give respect to others. We also focus not just on academics, but insist on community service being a large part of the curriculum.

Will my child transition well into traditional school after leaving Peace Montessori?

Yes. Montessori graduates are especially adaptable because they develop and grow through experiential learning. Each day is different and children’s classroom experiences will vary. Our multi-age classrooms afford them the opportunity to work with children of all abilities, thereby preparing them for the world at large. Finally, with respect being the foundation for all learning, children are taught how to be respectful of others and themselves; thus, making them very adaptable to new situations and environments.