1. Why do you use a mixed-age classroom?
Children develop at their own pace, so every 2-year-old child is not the same. Around the ages of 1-3 years old, Dr. Montessori found that children have sensitive periods for developing certain skills. In the classroom, an older child can act as a model and even in some cases a teacher for the younger child. Additionally, if an older child is new to the Montessori environment he will not feel inferior to his classmates or left behind as children choose materials they want to work with and continually are improving and mastering skills.
2. What are the requirements for my child to join the school?
Toddlers should be walking and potty-trained or on their way to becoming potty-trained. If your child is still in diapers, please bring diapers and a change of clothes to leave at the school.
We do not require children or parents to be able to speak English or Japanese. The teachers are bilingual. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have to the teachers when you drop off or pick up your child.
We ask that parents have an open-mind about the Montessori philosophy. In order to make the most of the Montessori method it is important that parents also are proactive in creating an environment at home that supports the child. We plan to hold some parent seminars about Montessori parenting, as well, so please join when you can.
3. Do you go outside to play?
Yes! Outdoor exploration is important to fuel children’s never-ending curiosity. The children also need to run around to develop their gross motor skills. We will have some structured outdoor activities related to the seasonal themes.
4. Is there a snack time?
In the practical life area, children can choose and prepare their own snacks when they feel hungry. They will learn to wash their hands, prepare the snack, wash their dishes, and eat by themselves. Snack time will be limited to 9:30 to 10:30. The prepared snacks will be healthy and nutritious.
If your child has any allergies, please let us know in advance.