FAQ

FAQ

The child has one intuitive aim: his self-development. He desperately wants to develop his inner resources: his abilities to cope with a strange, complex world. He wants to do and learn and see for himself, and not through the eyes of an adult. The child who accomplishes this moves into harmony with the rest of the world. He becomes a full person. — Dr. Maria Montessori

Montessori is a method generally known as a self-directed approach of learning using a set of materials that are by nature self-correcting. The teacher observes and then directs or leads the child rather than merely instructing. The child not only learns concepts in reading or math, for instance, but more importantly learns how to learn, thus establishing a foundation that lasts a lifetime.

Our method surrounds your child with engaging learning materials and supportive teachers as they fulfill their profound need to learn. By encouraging curiosity and wonder, we can help your child reach his/her full potential.

Children, ages 2 1/2 to 6, work and play together as a family in a cooperative and non-competitive daycare and preschool environment. They encourage each other to succeed and learn from their mistakes without feeling inferior or superior. The ideal Montessori learning program for your child is the full 3-years.

Exposing children to an enriched environment at their most sensitive developmental periods can help them develop their abilities to a high level without pressure and through the freedom of choice.

Children move about freely and choose their “work” with responsibility and freedom. They absorb a broad understanding of the world through hands-on materials. Their independence and self-confidence grow as they learn through projects that allow them to learn as individuals at their own pace and to reach toward their own potential.

CMS’ method is based on each child’s fundamental need for freedom within limits. Children are longing to do… to touch, to smell, to taste, to see, to hear… so that they may learn. They choose their “work” and concentrate for surprisingly long periods of time without interruption.

Socializing as they learn, the children use their newly acquired speech skills to express themselves as individuals and to chat about their life values, interests, and family members.

Compass Montessori School’s 2 1/2 to 3 year old students show an enthusiasm for exploration, a love of work, concern for others, concentration, a drive towards excellence, orderliness, and a joy of learning. It is inspiring to see most of our 4 to 5 year old students casually reading to each other, confident in the knowledge that they taught themselves how to read!

Because of their self-discipline and independence, children who have been in the Montessori preschool classroom for the full 3-year span adjust readily to traditional elementary classrooms. Since the majority of children have been reading since they were 4 1/2 or 5 years of age, they love to learn wherever they are.