Favorite Asked Questions


Where did Montessori come from?

Montessori (pronounced MON- tuh-SORE-ee) education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children's learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a "prepared environment" in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori's first Casa Dei Bambini ("children's house") in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.

What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

Are all Montessori schools alike?

No, Montessori schools vary widely because the name “Montessori” is in the public domain. This means that anyone wishing to use the name “Montessori” for their school may do so. The best way to ensure that a program is faithfully incorporating the Montessori approach as developed by Maria Montessori is to ask if the school or program is affiliated with AMS or AMI and have at least one Montessori Certified teacher (AMS, AMI, or MACTE)

Is NMA an accredited school?

We are members of the AMS and pursuing accreditation through American Montessori Society and National Council for Private School Accreditation.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning and adapting to new situations.

Do Montessori teachers ever have discipline problems?

  • Certainly, and these problems are handled by the teacher in a positive way. A Montessori teacher does not believe in rewards or punishments. We approach the situation swiftly, yet calmly, addresses the child at eye level and tries to recognize his feelings, thoughts, and action. We give the child the required attention and offers him suggestions of alternative pieces of material in the classroom. The Montessori Method develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his intellectual faculties but also his powers of deliberation, initiative and independent choice, with their emotional complements. By living as a free member of a real social community, the child is trained in those fundamental social qualities which form the basis of good citizenship. Please read our discipline policy to learn more.

Why choose Navarre Montessori Academy?

  • Children learn by exploring and discovering concepts with "hands-on" manipulative equipment.
  • Individualized learning allows students to progress at their own pace.
  • Logical and creative thinking are developed and problem-solving skills encouraged.
  • Lessons in grace and courtesy teach respect for self and others and promote positive social interaction and development.
  • A non-competitive environment encourages children to learn to work and achieve intrinsic rewards rather than for external reinforcement or to please others.

​How is a Navarre Montessori Academy different from other Schools?

In traditional schools, the children are taught educational concepts in a group by a teacher. In the Navarre Montessori Academy, we use the Montessori method of education. Here, the children learn concepts spontaneously as they work independently with the many materials in the environment.

Is Montessori all about the academics?

The Montessori Method is more than an academic program. It is a whole approach to life, which is one of respect, compassion, and guidance in all areas of learning. It is designed to help children with the task of their inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. The Montessori Method develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his intellectual faculties. Children develop creativity, social skills, cooperation, initiative, independence, responsibility, self-esteem, self-discipline, problem-solving, critical thinking, care and respect for others and for the world - all which lead to becoming fulfilled individuals and contributing positively to society.

My child suffers from a severe food allergy what is your school policy/protocol?

Navarre Montessori Academy is a shellfish-free environment. If your child suffers from a severe allergy such as peanut/lactose allergies, please notify us when registering your child so that we may post appropriate posters and inform other parents. Also, ensure that the appropriate medication is on hand to deal with such an occurrence for the first day of school.

Do you offer VPK?

We offer preschool and kindergarten which is part of our Primary program. We do not take the VPK voucher.

Do you offer a kindergarten program?

Not in the traditional sense. Our program is for children age 2½ to 6. The final year of this three-year program serves students of the same age as a traditional kindergarten class.

How do Montessori children adjust to public school settings?

Children in our programs generally adapt quite easily to the expectations of public school settings. Montessori children are encouraged to be independent problem-solvers and decision-makers from an early age. Having matured in an atmosphere that encouraged cooperation, self-motivation, and self-discipline, children moving on to the elementary grades take with them the self-confidence necessary to ease their way into any new setting.

Does Montessori mean early academic achievement?

The Montessori philosophy does not advocate accelerated learning at an early age. Though many children excel in our Montessori environment, designed to take full advantage of sensitive periods and developmental readiness, academic achievement is not the main goal. Fostering a joy of learning, building critical thinking skills, nurturing self-esteem, and meeting the unique developmental needs of each child are the true goals of Navarre Montessori Academy.

Is NMA religious?

No particular religion is taught as part of the curriculum, but that all religions and all peoples are respected. Respect is a key component in a Montessori environment- respect for the child, respect for the environment, respect for others and respect for oneself. Religion is looked at from a cultural and sociological point of view. Children are invited to explore the cultures throughout the world and can see that there are many different religions. Many Montessori schools celebrate holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukah, and Chinese New Year, which are religious in origin, but they are experienced on a cultural level as special days of family feasting, merriment, and wonder.

What about parental involvement?

If you choose to have your child attend Navarre Montessori Academy, we encourage you to understand what "Montessori" is, and to educate yourself in the Montessori Method and philosophy. We encourage parent participation through PTO, parent workshops, readings, etc. The more parents understand the classroom experience, the better able they are to follow through at home. When parental support is given, the child benefits even more because they have a consistent environment in which to grow and develop.
We also encourage you to support your child’s development at home by allowing them to do things for themselves – even if it takes longer or may make a mess. Be sure to set the ground rules (even demonstrating how a task can be done safely and carefully), observe while your child is performing the task, and ensure that they help to tidy up any mess. It is easier to do it yourself, but your child actually enjoys the process. They are learning valuable fine and gross motor skills in a satisfying manner – your child is gaining independence.
We encourage parents to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to help develop your child’s language skills at home by exposing them to rich vocabulary, songs, poetry, rhymes, and books.

Do you offer a three-day week program?

The Montessori teacher is trained to follow and meet the needs of each child on an individual and daily basis. This means that the prepared environment in our Montessori classroom is ready for your child whenever he or she attends. So our part-time preschoolers are full members of our community. Students enrolled in our half-day program will have lunch with their peers (this helps create a strong community) and then will be picked up.

Why choosing a five-day program

Be aware that children, especially those who are 3-6, thrive on consistency. After any break, even a weekend, children have to transition back into the classroom. Consistency helps children feel at ease and slowly gain confidence in the world around them. Montessori believed, and this is a principle that we follow at Navarre Montessori Academy, that consistency and routine are extremely important. Children are much more able to concentrate and become more deeply involved in their work when they know what to expect next. Therefore, a five-day a week program best follows children’s natural development.

What is the typical schedule for the day?

Check the schedule for the day here

Do you follow any specific calendar?

To see the calendar click here.

What's the time and the cost of the program?

To see the cost and times please click here.

Does the school have a dress code?

Yes, all the children must wear the NMA uniform. For more information please click here.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

In NMA the student-teacher ratio is 1:13
By law and regulations (please click here to go to the DCF website) the permitted student-teacher ratio is:
Children age 2 years to 2 years and 11 months: 1 to 11
Children age 3 years to 3 years and 11 months: 1 to 15
Children age 4 years to 4 years and 11 months: 1 to 20

Does NMA provide before or aftercare?

Yes, we do provide before and aftercare. For more information about our extended care please click here.

Does NMA provide snacks and lunch?

We have a snack rotation system within all the parents and we do not provide lunch.

Is my child allowed to celebrate his or her birthday at NMA?

Yes, we strongly encourage parents to celebrate their child’s birthday at NMA by having a snack with them. If you decide to do so, please let me know a week before so I can make the proper arrangements.

Does NMA follow a specific curriculum?

We do follow the Montessori curriculum. As children get older, they tend to see things that adults find ordinary as very interesting and special. Practical life exercises like sorting, pouring or washing dishes absorb them completely.
We recognize this as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. That’s why Montessori learning revolves around tangible experiences. Children use concrete materials to learn math; movable alphabets to explore language; and cubes, cylinders and other objects to categorize, find spatial relationships, and more. Our program includes:

  • Science and Nature
  • Gardening
  • Music and Movement
  • Sensorial
  • Nutrition
  • Cultural Awareness
  • History
  • Geography
Language Arts

Is the Montessori method is a good fit for my child?

We believe the Montessori method a good fit for every child but not for every parent. Parents need to be aware of the method and be prepared to work together for your child's benefit.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept, bank transfer, credit cards, and personal checks. a convenience fee of 3.5%. You can pay with Credit Card

What is the preparation of the staff?

Please click here.

What are the chances of acceptance in the program?

It depends on how many applications we receive and space availability. After the evaluation is done, the acceptance in the program will be a dialogue with the parents. For more information please check the admission process here.

Are there any pets on the premises?

During the school year, we bring to our room different types of animals to learn about them.

How do I learn more?

There are many excellent books written about the Montessori Method. The following are a few books that I personally recommend: How to raise an amazing child the Montessori way - Tim Seldin The Discovery of the Child – Maria Montessori The Secret of Childhood – Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind – Maria Montessori Montessori in the Classroom – Paula Polk Lillard Montessori Today – Paula P Lillard In addition to books, there are also many excellent websites about the Montessori Method: http://www.montessori.org/ http://www.montessoriworld.org/ http://www.montessori.edu/ http://montessorimom.com/
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