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Our new school year will begin. August 24th. If you have not confirmed your child’s fall enrollment,
please do so. Our classes fill quickly and we want to accommodate everyone if possible.
Why should my child continue with a Montessori education? In the Montessori environment, the
student is presented with endless opportunities to develop academic skills with the aid of self-correcting materials
in a prepared setting. Each succeeding year the student can move into more challenging academic areas. In this
supportive, exciting environment he or she develops concentration, self-discipline, a sense of order, and
persistence in completing a task. Therefore, creative self-expression and love of learning develop. These
empowering habits enable our students to excel in life.
Livingston Montessori School educates students - Preschool through the 12th Grade.
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, some students may have transitions which can concern parents.
These suggestions will ease the transition for your student:
Meet the Teacher – If at all possible, meet the new teacher with your student. Children can become
stressed when they don’t know what to expect. Meeting the new teacher can help by answering some
simple questions. You and your student could set up an appointment and meet the teacher for a few
minutes before or after school.
Preview – If your student is not familiar with his/her new class, our office staff would be glad to arrange
Discuss Concerns – Moving to a new environment may bring some concerns for your student. Even
enthusiastic children may have some questions. Talk with your student about what they can expect and
what they will be doing. Some friends will remain the same and some work will remain the same. This
provides a sense of familiarity. Everyone involved wants your student to be successful.
Change Is Good – Change can be positive. Even with an incredible past experience, the next experience
should be even more rewarding and fulfilling for your student.
Transition times tend to bring up issues that are not dealt with on an everyday basis. Use some of the techniques
above to assist your student. Learning to handle new situations now will help your child deal with changes later in
life. If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s transition, please speak with a teacher or call the
REMINDER: TUITION IS DUE IN ADVANCE BY MONDAY MORNING
FALL REGISTRATION ($100 EACH CHILD) IS NOW DUE
Look for more news the first day of school – August 24th.
Montessori For the Kindergarten Year?
Many parents are trying to decide whether they should keep their sons and daughters in Montessori for kindergarten or send them off to the local schools. Here are a few answers to the questions parents often ask, as taken from an on-line article Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year? by Tim Seldin with Dr. Elizabeth Coe. The entire article is available or in the office.
What would be the advantage of keeping my child in Montessori for the Kindergarten year? Several decades of research show that the Montessori approach optimizes the child’s cognitive and emotional development. The Montessori approach has been acclaimed as the most developmentally appropriate model currently available by some of America’s top experts on early childhood and elementary education.
Since some children will eventually have to go to the public schools, wouldn’t it be better to make the transition in kindergarten rather than first grade? One father wrote, “We considered the school years ahead. We realize a child usually does his best if he has good learning habits, a sound basis in numbers and math, and the ability to read. We realized that he has an excellent two-year start in Montessori school. If he were to transfer now to public kindergarten, he would probably go no farther than he is now, whereas if he stays in Montessori, he will reap the benefits of his past work under the enthusiastic guidance of teachers who will share his joy in learning”.
If I keep my child in Montessori for kindergarten, won’t he/she be bored in a traditional first grade program? Many families are aware that by the end of the kindergarten year, Montessori students will often have developed academic skills that may be beyond those of children enrolled in most traditional kindergarten programs. However, parents should remember that academic progress is not our only goal. Our real hope is that the children will have an incredible sense of self-confidence and an enthusiasm for learning that should aid them throughout their educational journey. We promote much more than competency in the basic skills; we want them to develop a life long love of learning and empower them with confidence in themselves as students.
*** If you choose to allow your child the opportunity to continue this acclaimed educational system, our school also offers a Montessori program for students through the 12th grade.