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Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together some answers to commonly asked questions to give you more information about our school.
All questions are welcomed, please contact us using the form above or call our office at 815-834-0607.
How is the Montessori classroom different from conventional classrooms?
The Montessori teaching materials also distinguish Montessori classrooms from conventional classrooms. These concrete materials speak to the multi-sensory learning style of the young child. As the child matures, abstract concepts are introduced, and relate back to earlier materials. As the child matures and is capable of abstract thinking, fewer materials are needed. The emphasis on following the child and observing his or her natural interests allow teachers to tailor the learning environment to meet the individual needs of each child.
Is it true that Montessori classrooms are unstructured?
The ‘too-structured’ misconception may stem from the training our teachers receive that requires lessons to be given a consistent, sequenced manner. This is because children don’t miss a thing! They will repeat or mimic what they observe so the adult must be precise, careful, and deliberate. Once the child has received a lesson, they are free to repeat the lesson as often as they choose. Montessori believed in allowing children “freedom within limits” and understood that humans crave choice in their work and study. When children are shown respect and trusted with (initially very small) choices, their work becomes meaningful, lasting, and joyful.
What languages are taught at Montessori School of Lemont?
Are you a nut-free campus?
Yes, we are. For the safety of our students, we do not allow products containing peanuts and tree nuts on our campus.
Are computers available in the classrooms?
Are standardized tests given to Montessori School of Lemont students?
These test scores are only one measure of performance. The teacher’s direct observation and interaction with the child is the primary measure used to identify areas of development. This testing allows children to become familiar with the testing process they will experience in high school and beyond. MSOL students typically score very high relative to national averages particularly with respect to conceptual thinking skills.
Are before and after school care available? What after school activities are available?
Before and after school care is available for additional fees. Registration is required and Administrative approval is needed to use this program. Before School Care begins at 7:45 a.m. Children in After School Care may be picked up at any time between the end of the full school day and 5:00 p.m.
Optional after school activities are available from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Children can participate in After School Specials including soccer, art, cooking, robotics, chess, music, or yoga. Specials may change each semester.
How are students taught reading? Writing? Math? Science?
At the 3-6 year old level, the emphasis is on creating a learning environment based on the use of concrete materials to demonstrate and explain concepts. For example, children are introduced to the symbols of letters that they learn to trace repeatedly while saying the sound of that letter. Then the letter can be placed around the room with an object that has that sound at the beginning of the word, such as “t” for table. Later, as the child recognizes more such sounds, they can compose words using letters of a “movable alphabet” and eventually, sentences.
In math, a child learns that one bead represents a “unit”. Ten “unit” beads wired together in a line represent the “tens” place value. Ten “tens” connected together create one “hundred-square,” and ten hundreds stacked together create a cube of one thousand beads. From there we physically ‘build’ numbers and this concrete foundation for learning the decimal system, squaring, and cubing will be built upon in the elementary level.
At the elementary level, the emphasis is on presenting the universe to the child. Five “Great Lessons” are presented in sequence and focus on the formation of the universe, life on earth, humans, and the development of language and math. These stories provide the context for the studies in every curricular area from geography and history to math, music, art and different languages.
What is the admissions process?
My child turns 3 in September (or October). Can we enroll early?
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
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