Frequently Asked Questions

How is a Montessori program different from other preschools?

In most preschools, the children are taught educational concepts in a group by a teacher.  In a Montessori program, the children work at their own pace, independently learning concepts from multi-sensory materials designed for self-correction and physical exploration. Learning is an exciting process of discovery which leads to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

How do Montessori children adjust to public schools?

Generally children who have been in a Montessori environment are very flexible and adjust quite easily to a public school situation.  They are often strong students who are productive and curious because of their self-discipline, independence and positive attitude toward learning.

Is Montessori a play-based program? Why did Montessori refer to the children's time in the classroom as "work"?

Dr. Montessori realized that children’s play is their work; their effort to master their own bodies and environment. It was out of respect that she used the term “work” to describe all their classroom activities. Montessori students work hard, but they don’t experience it as drudgery; rather, it’s an expression of their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

What are the staff qualifications?

All of our head teachers (Guides) have a Master's degree and have earned an AMI teaching diploma in Montessori Education at the primary level. Our Administrator is also AMI certified. All support staff (classroom assistants and aftercare provider) have received training in the fundamentals of Montessori education. All of our staff are deeply rooted in the core purposes of Dr. Maria Montessori's vision for education.

Are all Montessori schools the same?

The term Montessori is not trademarked. Any person, regardless of training, experience or affiliation can open a “Montessori” school. It is essential that parents researching Montessori education do their due diligence to ensure the authenticity of their chosen program. As an AMI school, SunGarden upholds the rigorous standards outlined to be considered an AMI recognized Montessori school. Our 36-year old history, and community-oriented roots provide both a high quality and individualized learning environment for children and their families.

Do you offer a 2 or 3 day program?

Children of this age thrive on consistency and routine. Therefore, attending school for consecutive days is invaluable. When children attend regularly, the environment becomes more predictable, and the daily routine gives comfort rather than the distress or tension of becoming oriented again after a gap of time away. Because we have observed the five day schedule serving children most optimally, we do request that children joining the Children's House communities ( ages 2 1/2 - 6) attend five days per week. The children that attend school five days a week have a much easier time continuing along the progression of materials at their own pace. This exclusive 5-day per week schedule also upholds the high standards we are proud to offer as an AMI Montessori school. Toddlers joining the Rose Room are invited to join for 3, 4 or 5 days per week.