What is Montessori?
Montessori is a philosophy of education with the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development.
How does it work?
Each Montessori class operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every classroom has a set of ground rules which is always based on core Montessori beliefs – respect for each other and respect for the environment. Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they choose, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on her observations of the children to determine what material to present next. The aim is to encourage active self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
Why are children in Montessori classrooms of mixed ages?
Children learn from each other. A classroom of mixed age children allows children a greater opportunity to find a friend who matches their interests and abilities. A Montessori program is a process oriented program which takes three years. A child, during this time, refines him or herself to a place of readiness to select the higher materials in the room. The first year child has role models of expected behavior to guide their development. The second and third year child witness their own growth and development as they help the younger children. The third year child develops a positive sense of community, necessary for their growth and development.
Why a five day program?
A five day program allows a child time to establish a routine of coming to school. Children like order and routine. The five day program allows for the consistency of work. Children have time to finish work left from the previous day and it allows time repetition of an activity of interest. It is the completion of work and the repetition of work that helps build the concentration and order necessary for refinement and perfection of a child’s interests and skills.
How does the admissions process work?
Parents are asked to call the school at (508) 429-5478 to make an appointment to observe the classroom in action. You will be asked to come in at 9:00 am, Monday through Friday without your child. Observation of the class will be for a period of about 30 minutes. When this time is over, you will have an opportunity to meet with the Director to discuss your observations and ask questions. If the program appears to be a good fit for your child, you will be given an application for admission and a second appointment will be made for the CFMS staff to meet your child.
A non-refundable registration fee and a non-refundable tuition deposit are required to hold a space for your child for the upcoming year.
Where do students attend school after leaving the Christian Family Montessori School?
Children who complete their kindergarten year with us may go to first grade in their local public schools. Others proceed to private schools or to Elementary Montessori Programs. The reports back from our graduates are always positive.