What is the Montessori Philosophy?
The Montessori Method of education is based on the observations and discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori. She was one of the first female physicians in Italy, graduating from the Royal University in Rome in 1896. From her many hours of observation she began to design activities, which would help the individual development of each child. Given a carefully prepared learning environment, children would work toward perfecting their concentration and inner control. Montessori is an individualized program designed to help each child reach his/her fullest potential.
Dr. Montessori believed that children have an innate desire to learn that can be lost in traditional classrooms. She opened the first Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in 1907. She constantly experimented with her environment and didactic learning materials as she observed the interactions of the children. It was at this time that she developed many of her theories and recorded them in her first book: The Montessori Method. During the next 45 years, she traveled and lectured extensively throughout Europe, India, North and South America. She offered training courses and helped to establish schools. She was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize and served as a delegate to the UNESCO Conference. Dr. Maria Montessori improved the field of education by offering teachers, schools and children a new method of education.
Is Monarch Montessori School licensed or accredited or validated?
Yes! We are Accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education Non-Public School Division and licensed by the Office of Child Care. We are a Level 5 Excels School.
We are affiliated with the American Montessori Society as a Full Member School (which ensures all of our teachers hold the appropriate degrees and credentials).
We are validated by Montessori Schools of Maryland, ensuring we have degreed, credentialed teachers, appropriate Montessori materials and are providing uninterrupted work time and appropriate lessons for children. We are members of the International Montessori Council, North American Montessori Association, and The Maryland State Child Care Association.
Is Montessori affiliated with a religion or a church?
No. Montessori is based on the Philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Monarch Montessori rents space from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County, but is not affiliated with it or any other religion.
What Programs do you offer?
- Parent Toddler: Saturday Morning; Three (3) sessions: fall, winter and spring. One (1) weeklong
session in mid July.
- 5 Half Day; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Monday –Friday); 5 Full Day; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday – Friday);
- 3 Half Day; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Mon/Tues/Wed); (with approval of Director);
- 3 Half Day; 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Mon/Tues/Wed);
- 3 Full Day + 2 Half Day; September to December: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Mon/Tues/Wed) – January to June 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon/Tues/Wed and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thurs and Fri. (with approval of Director)
Kindergarten Program: 5 Full Day; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
Before and After School Care: Before School Care; 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (available with any full day or morning program); After School Care: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (available with any full day or afternoon program)
Three (3) day program indicates “permission of director” is needed to enroll. What does that mean?
Children admitted to these programs are generally those children who are the younger children in the school. Children who are not yet three or who are very young threes have preference for these programs. As always, Montessori follows the lead of the child; therefore, it is required that a meeting (interview) with the Director, Parent and Child be held before these spaces are guaranteed. Attending a Parent Toddler Class is a great way of assessing your child’s readiness.
Do you offer programs in Music, Foreign Langage or Art?
Our Music Program is taught by Joyful Sounds of Music for all 5 day students each month as part of the classroom curriculum. The Kindergarten students receive music on a weekly basis. The program is taught by a certified music instructor. Art classes are offered on a monthly basis for all 5 full day students and is taught by a local artist. Spanish (a Montessori bases curriculum) is offered to all 5 day students on a weekly basis and is taught by a credentialed teacher.
My child is two years old. Where is the best place to start?
Parent Toddler Classes are a great way to introduce your child to the Montessori Classroom. Children should be two (2) years old when the class begins. If you are unsure about your child’s readiness, you can schedule a visit with the school director.
What is Parent Toddler and why should I come?
Our Parent-Toddler Classes are designed for one parent and child (between the ages 2 years and 3 years old) to work together in the Montessori classroom for 1 ½ hours. The class schedule includes “work time” and circle time activities as well as snack and outside time if the weather cooperates! Each session includes six classes held on Saturday mornings.
The parent/toddler classes provide parents with an opportunity to experience the Montessori “hands on” approach to learning with their child. The children who attend the Parent/toddler classes are given priority when registration forms become available for toddler transition classes, future parent-toddler sessions and for fall preschool enrollment.
When are your Parent Toddler programs scheduled?
Parent Toddler Programs are held four (4) times per year. The fall session generally begins in late September or early October, the winter session in late January or early February and the spring session generally begins in late April and the summer session in mid July. Please refer to the link on the hompage or call the school office for a schedule.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
Children who attend Parent Toddler with a parent or guardian do not need to be potty trained. Children who attend Primary should be potty trained or working toward potty independence. Occasional accidents are to be expected, but should not be rule.
When does your Preschool and Kindergarten Program begin/end?
These programs begin in late August with a week long period of gradual entrance (with the regular schedule beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day). We generally end the school year with a family picnic in early June.
Can I enter the Primary or Kindergarten program mid year?
Generally spaces for the fall program are filled during the registration process in February, March and April (e.g. fall 2007 enrollment occurs in February, March and April of 2007). Occasionally there will be an occurrence when someone moves out of the area mid year or a space is vacant for some other reason and you could begin mid year.
What do you do when a child does not follow the classroom rules?
The ideal student is a good citizen who is respectful. In accordance with that, all discipline actions are positive in nature. Monarch Montessori School seeks to create and maintain a student body consisting of students with varying capabilities that will flourish and add to the Montessori environment and community.
If a child misbehaves, they may require a reminder, such as: “Tommy, is that your favorite work? I bet you know how to keep all the pieces on the rug so that you can use all of them in your work.” A teacher may say: “Susie, is that Andy’s work? Why don’t we ask Andy to tell you when he is done? I can see that you are anxious for a turn, but Andy is still doing that job right now.”
Teachers teach discipline and order within their classrooms. This is done by setting limits, sometimes with the help of the children! For example: “Today we will dye eggs. We have enough for each student to dye three if they wish.” “We have two swings, but there are three people waiting for a turn, we can take turns.”
Occasionally there are circumstances when a firmer tone of voice and direct intervention by the teacher is necessary. If a child hurts another child, the teacher must immediately step in between the two children. The teacher will care for the distraught or injured victim first after separating and detaining the aggressor. This gives the teacher the opportunity to assess the situation and comfort the hurt child and provides a “time out” for the other child.
A “problem table” discussion can be held at any space in the room to allow students to talk about their problems. Teachers will participate in these discussions as a leader. Children are encouraged to express themselves to each other to solve problems.
As Montessorians, we seek opportunities to inspire children to attain self disciplineand a love of learning.
- In no case will corporal punishment be used, likewise scolding, shaming or any form of discipline that would harm a child’s self esteem be used.
- In no case will food be denied as a form of punishment.
- In no case will a child be punished for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet.
Can parents help out in the classroom or during other activities?
We love to have parents help with presentations, fundraising or chaperoning activities! Parents can come into the classroom to share a special hobby, career or family tradition. Parents also organize Scholastic book clubs, Fundraiser Collections such as General Mills Box Tops. Cutting and material making for the classroom are also ways to become involved. We take field trips to lots of fun places throughout the school year. We have visited places such as Lohr’s Orchard, The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Eden Mill and Irvine Nature Centers, and Harford Community College for live performances. We love to have parents accompany us as chaperones.
What is your policy for the Admission of Students?
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Admission will be non-discriminatory. Admissions are based on the educational concepts of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 years of age will be considered for enrollment upon receipt of a completed application form accompanied by the registration fee and/or first tuition deposit.
Criteria for Eligibility:
Parent Toddler Program (Ages 2-3):
To Apply: Request an application from the office and submit the required payment.
- Children must be 2 years old on the first day of attendance.
- Children do not have to be toilet trained.
- Children attend class with one parent or other familiar adult.
Primary Program (Ages 2 ½ -6)*:
Kindergarten Program (Ages 5-6)*:
- Children must be between ages 2 ½ and 4 on the first day of class.
- Children must be toilet trained. Occasional accidents are to be expected, but frequent accidents should not be the rule. Pull-ups or diapers are not allowed.
- Children should be able to separate from their parents within a reasonable amount of time.
- If a child has previous school experience, copies of records must be provided.
- Children older than 4 years of age will be considered for admission after May 1st.
To Apply: Request an application from the office and submit the required deposit(s).
- Children must be 5 prior to September 1.
- Children should have at least one year of Montessori experience in an AMS or AMI School.
- Copies of records must be provided.
- Children without prior Montessori experience will be considered for admission after June 15.
Additional Admission Requirements*:
Application Process for:
- All children are expected to visit the school with their parents or guardians and take part in a pre-admission interview to determine readiness and placement. At that time, the student will work briefly with a teacher in the classroom.
- Any educational/psychological testing must be submitted prior to admission.
- Education for all children will be done within the parameters of the Montessori philosophy.
- New enrollees to Primary and Kindergarten:
- Request an application packet from the school office.
- Read the information contained in the packet: Application, parent manual and Montessori information.
- Observe a class. Call the school office to set up a mutually convenient time.
- Submit an application with the $25.00 Application Fee.
- Schedule an interview for your child with the school.
- No new students will be admitted after March 1 unless they are transferring from another Montessori School and register for the upcoming fall program.
- Returning students: Request an application, contract and submit them with required deposits.
- Students who are currently enrolled in classes at Monarch Montessori School may register first until February 10 by submitting a completed application and contract and paying the $200.00 registration fee and 10% of the annual tuition as indicated on the fee schedule.
- Students who have attended Parent-Toddler Class through the Monarch Montessori School may register beginning February 13 by submitting a completed application and contract and by paying the $200.00 registration fee and 10% of the annual tuition as indicated on the fee schedule.
- Students who are transferring from another Montessori school, siblings of currently enrolled students, and siblings of formerly enrolled students may register beginning Feb. 21 by following the application process above.
- Children on the waiting list may register beginning March 1 by following the application process above.
Notice of acceptance will be made as soon as possible. Parents will be given health, immunization and emergency forms to complete at that time. Students in category #3 and #4 above will receive their contract. Acceptance must be made within 7 days to guarantee your space.
How do you communicate with parents in regard to my child’s activities or progress?
We hold two parent-teacher conferences per year. The first is held in late October or early November and the second in late January or early February. A written report is provided at the end of the school year.
Notes from parents are always appreciated! If you have a concern, send a note or an e-mail and your child’s teacher will make every effort to respond as soon as possible. We send “weekly newsletters” via e-mail to each family with details of the activities that children have enjoyed at school during that week. Information on field trips, family night activities, items needed for upcoming class projects, holiday events are all communicated through the newsletter. Look for it once a week!
Do you offer transportation to and from school?
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of parents. However, as carpools are established please notify the school, as all persons authorized to pick up your child must be registered with the teacher.
Do you require that children wear a uniform or specific clothing to school?
Children should wear washable, comfortable play clothes that he/she can manage independently. Clothing that fosters independence helps the child become self-sufficient. Children are taught to put on and take off their own coats and sweaters. Clothing with large buttons, buttonholes and easy zippers pave the road to success. For safety on the playground, we ask that children wear tennis shoes to school.
Do children eat snack at school and if so, who provides it?
Parents share the responsibility for providing snacks on a rotating basis. All half-day children receive mid-session snack. Full day students receive a morning snack.
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