Q: What is the Montessori Method?
A: Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that the very young child goes through periods of great sensitivity during which he or she learns more easily than at any time in life. Montessori education uses a personalized approach in which each child, respected as an individual, discovers the joy of learning within carefully prepared surroundings. Materials in the classroom are designed to give the child new experiences as well as develop specific concepts. Children learn to work in an atmosphere of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment.
Q: What is different about a Montessori classroom?
A: In a Montessori classroom you observe a child-centered environment with students engaged in a variety of learning activities. The environment is designed to encourage the child’s exploration and to develop a love for learning. A Montessori teacher is the link between the students and their environment. The teacher provides guidance to encourage each child to achieve his or her potential.
Q: Does my child have to be toilet trained?
A: Children enrolled in our toddler program do not need to be toilet trained. The staff is supportive of children who are ready to start training. Children are expected to be toilet trained before entering a preschool program.
Q: Do you offer special programs at your school?
A: Yes! Our school offers Gym and Music. The Kindergarten includes Art and our Elementary Program has Art and Music Appreciation. There is a fee to have your child participate in Music Appreciation, Private Piano Classes, or Pee Wee Sports.
Q: Where are your families from?
A: Our families come from all over the area. We have students from all over Lake County, Porter County, and even Illinois. We are conveniently located 1 mile from I-65 and just 6 miles from I-80/94 and the Toll Road. Parents enjoy being able to drop their children off at school and commute to work with ease.