When is my child eligible for Montessori?
A child who is 2.5 years of age is eligible to be admitted to a Montessori House of Children.
When can my child be admitted to Aarambh?
Whenever the child completes 2.5 years of age, the child can be admitted to Aarambh Montessori any time around the year.
How long does my child stay at Aarambh Montessori House of Children?
Montessori education is about allowing children to grow at their own pace and exploring things for themselves. Each child is unique and achieves developmental goals differently from others. The period at which these developmental goals are achieved are different for each child. They are allowed to achieve them naturally and not forced. But, by the age of 6, most children have naturally achieved all the developmental goals, sometimes, even more than that is required for that age. Hence, it is recommended that children stay at Aarambh Montessori House of Children, till they reach the age of 6.
How does Montessori Method bring about holistic development of a child?
Montessori brings about development in every sense of the word - truly all-around development. There is development of the body - physical development - as the child performs that involve tiny movements of the fingers and large movements of the body. There is spiritual development as the child seeks for knowledge and is encouraged in this seeking - he develops the spirit of enquiry. There is intellectual development as the child gains the knowledge he has sought. There is linguistic development as the child speaks freely, is listened to, and learns to express himself. There is emotional development as the child feels positive emotions after he has achieved the required. There is social development as children show consideration for each other as they share the material. The child develops the ability to concentrate for longer periods. Through it all, the child is growing as an individual, as a significant member of a group.
The Montessori method gives the child "inner work" and "outer work," both of which he needs in his efforts to grow into an adult. It develops his will, his intellect, and his motor control, separately and together. It sharpens his sensorial abilities by giving him opportunity for focussed use of his senses. It gives him a strong foundation in Mathematics and Language. It gives him the ability to work, and teaches him to be a responsible person.
Why do you have a mixed age group ? How does it help ?
The Montessori education method supports and encourages multi-age grouping. Older children work with younger children; giving the older children leadership skills, and encouraging the younger children to accomplish more challenging activities. Multi-age grouping also promotes respect between older children and younger children, and reinforces knowledge of the Montessori materials.
How is the Montessori method different from the traditional method of education?
The goal of both Montessori and Traditional method of education is the same: To provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest differences lie in the approach they use to accomplish this goal.
|Montessori Method||Traditional Method|
The teacher only acts as a facilitator
Teacher controls the classroom
Emphasis on experiential learning and Social Development
Emphasis on Rote Learning and Social Behaviour
Environment and method encourage self-discipline
Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline
Mainly individual instruction
Mainly group instruction
Mixed age groups
Same age groups
Grouping encourages children to teach and collaborate
Teaching is done by teacher; collaboration is discouraged
Child chooses own work/activity
Curriculum structured for child
Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials
Child is guided to concepts by teacher
Child sets own learning pace
Instruction pace set by group
Child spots own errors from feedback of material
Errors in child's work highlighted by teacher
Child can work where he chooses, move about and talk at will (yet not disturb work of others), group work voluntary
Child usually assigned seat; required to participate during group lessons