Category: FAQs

  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Three Tenets of Montessori Education

    The Montessori Method is considered one of the main alternatives to teacher-directed traditional preschool education. Ask any parent of a child immersed in Montessori whether they too wished to have grown up with Montessori, you will likely hear many parents answer with an emphatic, “Yes!” One such parent said, “If I had a time machine, I… 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 Leesburg uses the Three-Period Lesson extensively (but not exclusively)… Continue Reading »
  5. Technology in a Montessori Classroom

    Technology in education is a hot topic.  Not only does it provide students with easy-to-access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn, but also gives students the opportunity to gain 21st century technical skills necessary for future occupations.  You may find technology in a Montessori classroom presented quite differently than what you will in… Continue Reading »
  6. 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 »
  7. Cultural Studies

    For the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at the areas that comprise the Montessori classroom.  Our final area to discuss is Cultural Studies.  The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore the larger world.  Students learn about the people, terrain and animals of each continent as part of a rich exploration of… Continue Reading »
  8. 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 »
  9. 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 »
  10. How is your curriculum and daily schedule structured?

    Montessori & Reggio are very free flowing curriculums in that the children’s day moves based on their interests. Outside of meal, recess and rest times, the day moves based on children’s selections of materials.