Choosing Montessori Education for Your Young Child
Parents frequently ask: ‘So, how do I know it is really Montessori?’
What are the essential elements of Montessori education?
What should you be looking for when you are considering a Montessori education for your child?
Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand has produced a Parent Guide to help you better understand Montessori education and to find answers to your questions about Montessori.
You can read your Parent Guide online or download a print version.
Your Parent Guide is in three sections
• Montessori Learning Community
• Montessori Learning Environment
• Montessori Adults
In each section we have identified the following:
Essential Elements … are provided to help you better understand what Montessori can offer your child.
What it looks like … examples are given of how the essential element may ‘look’ in practice.
Questions to ask Montessori centre staff …. some questions that you could ask the Montessori centre staff are provided.
Questions to ask yourself … by observing in a Montessori early childhood centre you can answer some of your own questions.
Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand recommends visiting more than one Montessori centre. Take time to observe the community of children. Visit the centre more than once. Deepen your understanding of what each Montessori early childhood centre has to offer your child.
You could also visit other early childhood centres to understand how Montessori early childhood communities offer a different experience for children in the early childhood years.