Montessori FAQ

Do you have questions? Feel free to read these FAQs as well as contact us on any other question you may have.

  • How can children learn when they are allowed to move around the classroom and are allowed to pick what they want to do?

    Our specially prepared environment encourages self discipline, self-directed learning. Children are guided to choose their own work or join in another’s work  (if that child is willing).  In other words, our environment, our methods, and the structure of our day set your child up for lasting success.

  • Is Montessori a type of religious school?

    No.  But certain principals normally associated with spirituality such as respect for self and others, kindness, and teaching peaceful problem-solving skills (between children) are important aspects of Montessori.  We also stop for a moment of gratitude before eating.

  • How does the multi-age classroom benefit my child?

    The teacher personally gives each child the lessons they are ready to do.  Keeping in mind that the work is self-correcting and designed to hold a child’s interest, the child is allowed to work on his own or with other children exploring deeper and deeper knowledge that the “work” reveals.  The children tutor one another, learning how to teach, learning leadership skills and acquiring a greater understanding of the lesson they are teaching.  The older children also receive individual instruction. The whole outcome is a sense of belonging, community and empowerment for all.

  • Are the children encouraged to be creative?

    Art is always available in the classroom and music is part of the daily experience.  If a child has spent an immense amount of time on any one type of activity, the teacher entices/guides that child toward another sort of work next time.

  • How do I know and how does the teacher know where my child is in the learning process if there are no tests?

    At MJM our lead teacher keeps a daily log of which work each child has mastered. Parent teacher conferences are held twice during the school year.  The parent is also always welcome to make a parent-teacher appointment to discuss their child’s progress.

  • Why is it more expensive? How is it worth the tuition?

    Although our quality is commensurate (or out-performs) Montessori schools priced much higher, the tuition at MJM is purposely very competitive with other Montessori Schools in the middle Tennessee area.  We maintain a lower tuition to make it available to as many families as we can.

  • What kind of “specials” are included? (PE, Music, Art and Spanish?)

    At MJM we feel physical education, music, art and Spanish are not separate from a high quality education, but part of it. We take a holistic view of education and our curriculum is designed to educate the whole child.  We integrate those subjects into your child’s education.

  • How do children who go to Montessori transition into more traditional schools after they complete the Montessori program?

    Since academics have been made easy and are well established in Montessori children, a child transitioning to a traditional classroom can focus their energy on the “new rules”, such as raising their hand and staying at their desks.  At MJM, if we know a child will be transitioning, we begin to introduce them to more traditional elements, such as worksheets and hand-raising, and talk to them about what to expect during their next school year.  Studies have been done on this and Montessori students tend to transition very well. (*An excellent book that addresses that subject is : MONTESSORI The Science Behind the Genius by Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard.)