Frequently Asked Questions
Students may enroll at any time, space permitting. We accept children as young as 15 months. Our program extends through 6 years of age. We encourage any Montessori child to begin between 2 1/2 to 3 as that is a time of great development which Montessori can facilitate.
Montessori is a educational philosophy and curriculum developed by educator Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. You can learn more about this philosophy on our website, HERE.
There are more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries worldwide.
Montessori is designed completely around the child; meaning child-sized equipment. Careful selection of materials by the teacher creates an environment where the child can explore life on a gradient of increasingly difficult ideas. The materials and exercises are designed to stimulate independent exploration through a prepared learning environment which entices the child to proceed at his own pace. Through this self-guided study, a child will find satisfaction and success in his exploration and learning of the world around him. The five main areas of curriculum focus on Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Subjects. Many other subjects are included: drama, nature studies, art, music, science, dance, etc.
A Montessori teacher oversees a classroom. She will watch the feeling of pride and success grow in each child as they improve in their “work” and become more competent at increasingly difficult concepts and doingnesses. She helps the child to learn themselves through the “work” and become excited about the new discoveries ahead.
We love parent participation! Participation is welcomed through involvement in conferences, making materials, parent workdays, and volunteering during outings. We believe that if the parent fully understands the works and experiences at school, they can create a more consistent home environment for the child.
Tuition rates can be found under the Admissions page
No. Little Laurels Montessori is an independent, secular school, open to all religious faiths. The school’s policy is one of respect for the religious beliefs of others and nothing of a religious nature is required of students or families.
We do not have a program to handle children with serious problems but have found that students are often mislabeled as “behavior problems” or “disabled.” For some of these children, a basic Montessori teaching method can be all that is required to get the student back on track.