Here are answers to some of your questions
Will my child be able to cope with the change in teaching method of a regular school after completing Pre-primary (3-6years) in a Montessori? Which level will s/he be eligible for?
The child at the end of a Montessori Pre-primary term (3-6years – age-wise equivalent to Nursery, LKG & UKG) will have all the knowledge that is taught in a regular school and some more. In a Montessori system, since the focus on the emotional development of the child is as much as it is on the physical and intellectual; at the end of 3 years, we find that the child is capable of handling the transition to the regular schooling system positively. Emotional stability and support to the child from the home environment during these years plays an equally important role. There are also Elementary Montessori school options if one chooses to continue with the same method.
They will be eligible for joining the 1st standard or 1st grade in a regular school after completing a Pre-primary term in a Montessori school.
What are the benefits of Vertical grouping?
Look around you. Do we operate in a single-age environment in our workplace or home? No. We live in a mixed-age society and our Montessori environment re-creates the same for our children. The younger children look-up-to and learn-from the older children. They also watch the advanced materials in use and aim to progress to those next. The older children learn responsibility and caring and also guide the younger children.
How do teachers monitor and manage the lessons to each individual child?
Here the teachers are trained to observe and guide the mixed-age classroom in an effective manner. Lessons to each child according to his/her age are provided through the materials. These individual lessons happen across the class throughout the day as and when a child is done with one material and ready to move on to the next. The children are seen working with their lessons/materials independently or with their peers for as long as they need. The teachers observe the children at work and analyze the requirements of each child to help them accordingly.
What are the extra-curricular activities conducted in your school?
Along with the Montessori materials, the child has access to art materials (paint, chalk, crayons etc.) and an elaborate library full of story books (300+) at a place designated as the reading corner at all times in the environment. The children have outdoor time for free play every day for a minimum of 45 minutes.
We conduct specialized Fireless cooking with children every fortnight. On a weekly basis we also conduct ‘Motor Skill Training’ which is scientifically designed to improve the child’s motor skills through fun games played in our outdoor space, Here the child improves on balance, reflex time and rhythm that prepares their body and mind for sports at a later age. Each cultural event is celebrated with relevant activities and we have external experts coming in for sessions like Storytelling, Music day, Clay molding etc. The children are engaged in Gardening activities on a weekly basis where they learn about the soil, the plants, their structure, their variety, their relationship with the Sun etc.
Will my child be able to READ and WRITE by the end of their Pre-primary term?
This system of education recognizes the importance of these two milestones in a child’s life, mainly from his point of view. Therefore it is addressed very delicately and diligently preparing the child in all aspects needed, like; Phonics (learning to read with sounds of alphabets) in the case of Reading. And development of Muscle strength, Finger grip (pincer grip), Lightness of touch and the intellectual aspect of familiarity with symbols (alphabets) required in the case of Writing.
Post this; the child begins to write cursive letters, words, sentences and even paragraphs towards the end of their term. The writing process is a journey which completes over 3 years and one needs to patiently wait to see it piece together over time. Reading is a similar process. But in short, the child will definitely be able to read and write paragraphs and stories by the end of their journey with us.
How do you assist with the 1st standard admission process in another school?
We will guide you with the names of schools based on prior parent reviews and experiences. We will assist in preparing your child for the ‘Entrance Test’ and ‘Interview’ concept followed during admission in a regular school. The remaining process is up to the parents to follow through.
My child is not yet toilet trained; is it a requirement for admission?
We will assist in the process of toilet training. However, the journey has to begin both at home and at school together and the parents must co-operate with the same.