We get asked this all the time. "What makes this an authentic Montessori school?"
Montessori is a word in the public domain, which means it can be claimed by anyone and used to describe their preschool, toddler, or kindergarten program regardless of recognized authenticity.
We are accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators. This means that objective evaluators have assessed and visited our programs and determined them to be authentic and true to the philosophy and intent of Maria Montessori.
The CCMA states that a Montessori classroom must have the following basic characteristics at all levels:
* A classroom atmosphere which encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development.
* A schedule which allows large blocks of time to problem-solve, to see connections in knowledge and to create new ideas.
* A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative, social, and personal independence.
* A partnership established with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual's total development.
* Teachers educated in the Montessori philosophy and the methodology for the age level they are teaching, who have the ability and dedication to put the key concepts into practice.
* A multi-aged, multi-graded heterogeneous grouping of students.
Don't ever hesitate to ask questions regarding schedule, class demographics, training and turn-over of teachers, and program design. How your children are educated is a big commitment and responsibility.