Category: FAQs

  1. What does “Follow the Child” Mean?

    If you are a parent interested in enrolling your child in a Montessori school, you will frequently come across the phrase “follow the child” in your research as it is a core tenet of the Montessori Method and the foundation of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.   “Follow the child. They will show you what they need… Continue Reading »
  2. Grace And Courtesy in A Montessori Classroom

    Walking into a Montessori school, you may notice that class sizes are larger than in traditional preschools, but noise levels are lower. At their worktables or on woven rugs, children may be seen working independently or with their peers. They may be moving around the classroom and even using their voices but are unlikely to… Continue Reading »
  3. What is Normalization? A Montessori Perspective

    If you are a new parent to Montessori, the term “normalization” may seem scary and confusing.  You may ask yourself, “Isn’t my child normal already?”  Rest assured, normalization in no way implies that your child is not normal!  Rather, it is an ongoing process of learning.                  … Continue Reading »
  4. Teaching the Montessori Way: The Three-Period Lesson

    Have you ever been curious as to how children learn in a Montessori setting?  The Montessori Three-Period Lesson (basically a lesson in three parts) is used throughout the Montessori environment to help introduce a new concept and lead the children along a path to understanding and mastery.  Villa Montessori Stone Ridge uses the Three-Period Lesson extensively (but not… Continue Reading »
  5. Cooking with Your Toddlers and Preschool-Aged Children

    Our lives today seem to be a whirlwind as we get back to work and the kids get back to in-person learning.  Once again, we find ourselves consulting our calendars to check and double check where we are supposed to be and at what time we need to be there.  After spending so much time at home,… Continue Reading »
  6. Reading and Writing the Montessori Way

    Over the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at how the Montessori classroom prepares a child for the rigors of academia and life.  Much like math, language arts is the culmination of all the skills a child has learned through the other areas of the classroom, such as practical life and sensory learning.  Dr…. Continue Reading »
  7. How Montessori Teaches Math And Shapes The Mathematical Mind

    According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the absorbent mind occurs from birth until approximately the age of six.   During this time period, a child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows him or her to “absorb” learning from their environment on an unconscious level with very little effort.  Learning during this absorbent mind period is natural… Continue Reading »
  8. Understanding the Montessori Method: The Importance of Practical Life

    The Montessori Method is often a mystery to a lot of parents.  They may have heard of Montessori, but have no understanding of its ideology.  Over the next several months, we will dive more deeply into the Five Key Learning Areas of Montessori and how children develop academically and socially.  These five areas include: Practical Life Sensorial Language Mathematics Culture… Continue Reading »
  9. What is a typical day in the Primary classroom?

    The children come in and are greeted by the teacher.  Children wash their hands.  They begin their three-hour work cycle that focuses on the five main areas of the classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Science/Geography.  During that three-hour work cycle, the child will pick a work that has already been presented to them by… Continue Reading »