Montessori FAQ

Here are some frequent questions that we often hear from parents like you. These questions concern our school, teachers, how the Montessori Method works, how it benefits children, and more.

If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

General Questions

How well does Montessori education prepare children for future success?

Research shows that Montessori students are well-prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for later life. Montessori education nurtures a passion for learning, fostering creativity and critical thinking, leading to lifelong learners who can "think outside the box."

Is Montessori for all children?

Montessori education has been successful for children of various socioeconomic levels, academic abilities, and ethnic backgrounds. While no single educational approach can work for every child, those who can independently engage and concentrate on a topic will likely do well in Montessori.

Will my child have opportunities for play and creativity?

Children have a natural need for movement, and Montessori fulfills this need by encouraging children to move freely around the classroom and engaging in daily outdoor exploration and play. Creativity is evident in their:

  • Artwork
  • Sensory exploration
  • Social interactions
  • Problem-solving

Is Montessori suitable for children with learning disabilities or gifted children?

Montessori aims to help all children reach their full potential at their own pace. Classrooms with diverse abilities form communities where everyone learns from one another and contributes. Multi-age grouping and self-paced learning help children to progress without feeling ahead or behind their classmates.

The Montessori Classroom

What is the typical class size in a Montessori school?

Montessori schools value the lessons of community that can be gained through larger class sizes. AMI recommends class sizes between 28 and 35 children, which our communities never exceed. Larger, mixed-age classes encourage self-reliance, problem-solving, and peer support. Each class has a qualified teacher and an assistant.

What is the three-year curriculum?

The Montessori three-year curriculum is a developmental learning cycle designed to address each stage of a child's growth. Children remain in the same classroom with the same guide for three years, with lessons built on the previous year's work. Because of this cycle, joining the program in its last year is often outside a child's best interest.

Why do Montessori classrooms have mixed-age groups?

Mixed-age classrooms foster social cohesion. Younger children learn from older classmates as mentors and role models. Older ones take on leadership roles and assist younger peers. Over three years, children experience a complete cycle of social living within the group.

Do children in Montessori classrooms get to do whatever they want?

Children have freedom of choice within limits. Teachers create a respectful environment with clear boundaries and ground rules. Lessons are provided before free choice is allowed, and older children model proper behavior. Teachers handle conflicts calmly and respectfully, guiding the community toward peaceful resolutions.

Can my child come three days a week?

Children usually do best with a regular schedule they can predict, so Montessori’s programs are complete, 5-day programs.

How is discipline handled in a Montessori classroom?

Montessori classrooms encourage self-discipline and responsibility by maintaining a structured environment with clear boundaries. Discipline is viewed as a maturation process, evolving with guidance from the teacher.

Montessori Teachers

Why do Montessori teachers promote independence in young children?

Montessori programs focus on helping children develop independence and self-sufficiency. Independent, self-directed children build self-confidence and pride in their achievements. Montessori classrooms support children in becoming autonomous, enabling them to care for themselves and their environment. This self-reliance sets the stage for future learning.

Do Montessori teachers follow a curriculum?

Yes, Montessori education follows a specific curriculum covering:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Cultural

Teachers guide children through sequential exercises in each area, tailoring their approach to individual needs and pace.

How do teachers manage to teach different ages?

Montessori is individualized, allowing each child to learn at their own pace. Teachers observe and assess each child to design personalized lessons. Older children act as role models for younger peers, making them part of the teaching process. This method accommodates different learning levels and paces, fostering a non-competitive environment. Teachers form close bonds with children, as they typically stay with the same teacher for three years.

Why don't Montessori teachers give grades?

Instead of letter or number grades, Montessori education focuses on nurturing intrinsic motivation and the child's natural desire to learn.

Teachers observe and assess each student's improvement and readiness for new lessons. Parent-teacher conferences are held periodically to discuss the child's work, progress, and self-assessment.

About Montessori Education

What is Montessori education?

Montessori is a teaching method and philosophy based on the work of Maria Montessori. It offers an individualized, prepared environment that encourages independence, social development, and academic growth. Children can explore within clear boundaries and ground rules, with teachers playing a crucial role in maintaining the environment and community.

Key Elements of Montessori Education

  • Prepared Environment
  • Montessori Materials
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Montessori Teaching
  • Montessori Principles and Practices
  • Montessori Work Cycle
  • Child-centered Learning

What is the main benefit of a Montessori education?

Montessori education prepares children for life by fostering independence, confidence, and curiosity. Sensorial education helps children classify and categorize their world, moving from concrete experiences to conceptual understanding. Montessori nurtures socially engaged and respectful members of society.

What is the Prepared Environment?

The Prepared Environment refers to a Montessori classroom purposefully arranged by the teacher to create an optimal learning environment. It's characterized by beauty, order, and accessibility, with child-sized furniture and open shelves to support children's independence.

What are Montessori Materials?

Montessori materials are hands-on learning tools designed to stimulate children's minds, encourage exploration, and inspire independent learning. They teach one skill at a time, allowing children to master learning outcomes through repetition and practice.

What is the difference between a Montessori class and a traditional class?

While traditional classes involve teacher-directed lessons, Montessori classes emphasize self-paced, hands-on learning. Montessori classrooms have mixed-age groups, enabling children to stay with the same teacher for three years.

Montessori teachers guide rather than instruct, which fosters improved:

  • Concentration
  • Motivation
  • Self-discipline
  • A love of learning

Do children have difficulty transitioning to public schools after Montessori?

Children from Montessori backgrounds generally transition smoothly, with their developed habits and skills proving valuable in new settings. Montessori children are adaptable and good at:

  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Communication

Montessori History

Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator known for her educational method focusing on children's natural learning processes. She opened the first Montessori school, Casa dei Bambini, in Rome in 1907 and traveled extensively to promote her approach.

How many Montessori schools are there worldwide?

Over 4,000 certified Montessori schools are in the United States and approximately 7,000 worldwide.

What is AMI?

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)  was established in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain, propagate, and further her ideas and principles for the full development of humans. With headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, they are the recognized authority for those interested in applying the Montessori approach at multiple levels.

TIMES Montessori

What is the class size?

The classroom can accommodate a maximum of 30 students. 

According to AMI guidelines, an authentic Montessori classroom should not have more than two adults present; the presence of too many adults inhibits children's development of independence, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

When is the school year?

The school  year runs from late August to mid June.

When is the application deadline?

As spaces are limited, early application in January is recommended for August entry. However, applications are accepted year round and applications made throughout the academic year will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Apply from Overseas

For international families not currently in Taiwan, an online interview can be arranged.

Is there a school bus?

At present, we do not have a school bus available so parents will be responsible for picking up and dropping off.

What are the semester dates?

There are two semesters in an academic year. We have a two week Christmas Break, two week Chinese New Year Break and 8-10 weeks Summer Break.

 Summer programs will be available and can be signed up by week.

What are the entrance requirements?

To help easetransition into our program, a basic understanding of the English language and previous Montessori experience would be helpful,  but is not compulsory. However, as Montessori is not limited to the school environment, and also extends to the home culture, to ensure this consistency, priority will be given to families who show a commitment to Montessori . 

How do I know if Montessori is right for my child?

  1. I feel comfortable letting my child learn at their own pace, even when they appear to be "falling behind."
  2. I value problem-solving, critical thinking, practical life, and interpersonal skills over academic grades.
  3. I do not reward my child with stickers, points, or toys
  4. I respect my child, but I also set firm boundaries and will not give in when my child is crying or acting out.
  5. I do not believe that children should be pushed to memorize facts or have to compare and compete to be successful.

What to look for in a Montessori classroom?

  1. Children are allowed to walk around, interact and ask questions. The classroom should not be silent.
  2. The environment is real and practical. There should be no toys or fantasy characters.
  3. A wide variety of materials from each subject area ( Math, language, cultural, sensorial, and practical life) for children to choose from.
  4. The classroom is accessible to children.
  5. Learning is hands-on and self-directed. 
  6. Mixed-age classroom. 

How much does it cost?

Our program fees are:

  • $30,000nt per semester for registration fee
  • $130,000nt per semester for tuition fee.

There are 2 semesters in a year.