Q. I’m interested in Montessori education for my child, but I’m not sure what to look for in a school.
A. The corner stones of a high-quality Montessori program are an environment that is prepared with a full scope and sequence of work. When visiting a school, look for bells, a cursive moveable alphabet, a full bead cabinet and materials made of wood. If observing a class, you should see plenty of children working independently and small or one-on-one lessons taking place, as lessons are tailored to their needs. Real dishware, gardens, water activities, and opportunities for children to do adult work should also be present. Technology, separate libraries and any outside lessons interrupting a 2 or 3 hour morning work cycle are not found under the guidelines of Maria Montessori.
Brandi Hunter \ Head of School \ Guidepost Montessori \ www.guidepostmontessori.com