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Fayette Montessori offers several opportunities for Parent Education.

 

Journey and Discovery- A two day workshop set aside by the school to give parents an opportunity to “journey through’ classrooms” and to “discover” for themselves the wonders of working with Montessori materials.

Monthly Discussion Groups –  Different topics concerning parenting and child development.

Book Club Discussions – Parents meet to discuss books which are relevant to child rearing, education, and challenges facing parents and educators in today’s environment.

Primary and Elementary Work nights- Children are able to show their parents what they are working on during thier school day.

Elementary Question and Answer with teachers

Activities for parents to be involved in within the Montessori community

 

Volunteer chaperones

Attending Parent Education events

Volunteer readers

Help with material making

Assisting with holiday celebrations

Gardening activities

Volunteering for special events

 

Activities for Families

 

Parent Student Work Mornings

Fall Festival

Family fun nights on the playground

Family activities scheduled around National Screen Free Week

Gardening activities

Family dance

Parent socials

ARE ALL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS THE SAME?

 

Parents desiring to enroll their children in a Montessori School are interested in criteria by which such a school may be evaluated. Of special concern to parents are the qualities which identify an exemplary Montessori school. Since the name Montessori alone cannot be copyrighted, schools may use this name in various ways.

In 1929 Maria Montessori established the AMI organization. Its mission is to ensure that teacher training centers and Montessori schools maintain the exacting standards she established. Dr. Montessori believed strongly that her curriculum should remain intact and exact in its implementation. AMI certification of the school assures parents that the school and the teachers meet the highest standards.

Montessori schools are independent of each other. Even among AMI schools, you may find that leadership, governance or physical space may vary. Some schools may meet minimum standards, while others provide exceptional environments and leadership. Visit the school and ask questions to assess the standards the school has established.

 

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A GOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL

 

1. AMI recognition is the highest certification a school can attain. AMI is the only authentic certification for Montessori schools.

2. An Established School with multi-age classrooms. The interaction of the experienced older student with the younger child is crucial to establishing a normalized Montessori community. An  established, well reputed program assures parents of stability and consistency in staff, policies, parent satisfaction and community involvement.

3. A school serving a variety of ages ( toddler – elementary) is best to accommodate families over a longer period of time. It also maintains peer groups and minimizes transitions.

4. Observe a class in session and tour the entire school. Authentic Montessori requires spacious, fully equipped classrooms with access to safe outdoor environments and gardens. You should see calm, gracious teachers who are respectful of the child. The children should be engaged in purposeful work exhibiting competence, independence and grace.

 

WHAT MAKES MONTESSORI EDUCATION UNIQUE?

 

  • 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. They also promote positive social interactions and development.
  • A noncompetitive environment encourages children to learn to work and achieve intrinsic rewards rather  external reinforcement or to please others.

 

The Montessori Method develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his intellectual faculties but also builds initiative and independent choice making. This method help to form the basis of good citizenship.

“My 11 yr old son spent 3 years at Fayette Montessori School. I feel his Montessori education developed confidence and a true fascination with learning. The Montessori materials gave him a far greater understanding of concepts, which have allowed him to excel in all areas especially math.”

“My daughter has been attending FMS for three years. She was very shy and quiet when she started. It is amazing how the Montessori environment has helped her develop socially and academically. She has become a very self confident little girl who loves to learn.”

“My child attended Fayette Montessori School for 5 years in the toddler and primary programs. I believe that through the Montessori experience she developed a true love of learning. She is very inquisitive and always wants to learn more. This desire has followed her through her elementary years and I believe that since we instilled it in her youth, she will maintain this love for life.” “My daughter has been attending FMS for three years. She was very shy and quiet when she started. It is amazing how the Montessori environment has helped her develop socially and academically. She has become a very self confident little girl who loves to learn.”

“My son attended Fayette Montessori for five years. The toddler and primary programs spurred my son to be such a leader and able to handle himself independently. I only wish they could have had the elementary program when he attended because being able to pursue some of his interests and work at his own pace would have been a wonderful, challenging way for him to learn in his elementary years.”

 

The following people were Montessori educated:

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, Founders of Google

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former first lady

Anne Frank, famous diarist

Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com

Julia Child, famous chef

Gabriel Garcia Marques, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

 

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