Frequently Asked Questions
What is Montessori education ?
It is a system of education in both a philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child's developmental needs for freedom within limits and on a carefully prepared environment that guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence, as well as physical and psychological abilities. It is designed to take full advantage of the self-motivation and unique ability of young children to develop their own capabilities. Children need adults to expose them to the possibilities of their lives, but the children themselves must direct their responses to those possibilities.
What ages does it serve ?
There are more Montessori programs for ages 3-6 than for any other age group, but Montessori is not limited to early childhood. Many infant/toddler programs (ages 2 months to 3 years) exist, as well as elementary (ages 6-12), adolescent (ages 12-15) and even a few Montessori high Schools.
What does it do for the child ?
Observers of Montessori children have described them as having developed self-discipline, self-knowledge, and independence, as well as enthusiasm for learning, an organized approach to problem solving, and academic skills.
What is a Montessori house of children ?
A Montessori House of Children is a School which follows the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Since the name Montessori is not protected by any copyright, Montessori in the name of a House of Children does not necessarily mean that it adheres to the Montessori philosophy of education. Nor does it mean that it is accredited by the IMC (Indian Montessori Centre). So, it is important to keep yourself informed when looking for a Montessori House of Children.