Choosing the preschool your child will attend can be stressful when trying to make the right decision. Luckily we have all of the factors you should be checking for when searching for the best Montessori preschool. Let’s get right into it!
If possible you should try to observe the class. Observing a class can show you firsthand the interaction between the students and teachers, and students with students.
When observing the interactions, note how the teacher talks to the students. It should be with a calm and respected voice. The teacher should be talking to the students one on one versus as a whole group.
Make sure there is an adequate amount of self-directed play, outdoor play, and time together for meals or songs. If observing the class isn't allowed then look elsewhere. This will be a red flag that there could be something the school doesn't want to see.
Montessori classrooms will have mixed age ranges compared to typical schools. This invites older students to learn and assist the younger students and the younger students to learn from the older ones. It is a very valuable experience for all children.
Observe if the classroom setup is clean and organized. Check to see if the toys are age-appropriate, the workstations are varied and at eye level, and if it is decorated with natural materials, wood, and plants.
Montessori classrooms will most likely not use bright or vivid colors. Bright and vivid colors can be over-stimulating for small children. The environment should be inviting with plenty of floor space and tables for children to work and play.
As a parent, knowing some of the logistics of the school you will send your child to is important. Some things you want to look out for are the teacher turnover rate, how long has the head of the school been in the position, the training of all staff, and if the school is accredited as a Montessori school or not.
Having a low teacher turnover rate can ensure that the school treats its teachers well and that current parents and students are satisfied. Knowing the training the teachers receive is important to make sure they stay up to date with best practices.
Montessori schools are more and more popular so keep our guide in mind. By considering these tips, choosing the best Montessori preschool for your child will be a breeze. If you have questions or would like to know more about our Montessori preschool at Arrow Montessori then contact us here.
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