Hoboken Montessori School
  faqs 2011-2012 

Q. Why Choose Montessori Education?
Q. What Makes Montessori Education Unique?
Q. Is Montessori a franchise?
Q. Who accredits or oversees Montessori schools?
Q. How can I know if I've found a 'real' Montessori School?
Q. What special training do Montessori teachers have at HMS?
Q. What is the best way to choose a Montessori school for my child?
Q. What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?
Q. Why multi-age groups (ie. three, four, and five year olds mixed together)?
Q. Do Montessori students do well later in life?
Q. Is Hoboken Montessori School a licensed and regulated school by the NJ Department of Children & Families?
Q. Are all teachers and assistants trained in CPR & First Aid?

Q.Why Choose Montessori Education?
Montessori offers a sensible structured system that allows children to develop at their own pace, using their own abilities, with the positive guidance of a teacher and the use of specially designed Montessori materials. Children develop inner discipline, cooperation, independence, responsibility and self-confidence. As the children work and play the foundation for the love of learning is being formed for life.
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Q.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 and promote positive social interaction and development. A noncompetitive environment encourages children to learn to work and achieve intrinsic rewards rather than for external reinforcement or to please others.

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.
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Q.Is Montessori a franchise?
Since “Montessori” is a person’s name it cannot be copyrighted. Anyone is free to use the name whether or not their program includes Montessori techniques, equipment or certified staff. The test of a true Montessori school includes asking for American Montessori Society (AMS), International Montessori Council (IMC) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) credentials for staff members and for the school as a whole. Parents should be welcome to observe classes and will notice a happy, harmonious atmosphere, respect of teachers for children, respect of children for teachers, and a full complement of well-cared for, authentic Montessori materials in each class.
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Q.Who accredits or oversees Montessori schools?
Unfortunately, there is no way to limit the use of the name "Montessori." Parents must carefully research, and observe a classroom in operation, in order to choose a real Montessori school for their child. The two major ones operating in the United States are the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI, with a U.S. branch office called AMI-USA) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). Parents considering placing a child in a Montessori school should ask about the school's accreditations and affiliations.

Hoboken Montessori School is a member of the American Montessori Society, an international organization dedicated to promoting Montessori education worldwide through teacher training, continuing education, research and public policy work. AMS was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in New York City. Additional information can be found at www.amshq.org.
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Q.How can I know if I've found a 'real' Montessori School?
Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambush, founder of the American Montessori Society and co-founder of the Montessori Foundation, identified the following characteristics of an “authentic” Montessori school:*

The following ideas are excerpted from The Authentic American Montessori School: A Guide to the Self-Study, Evaluation, and Accreditation of American Schools Committed to Montessori Education, by Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambush and Dr. John Stoops, published in1992 by the Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Montessori Society.

Read Characteristics of an Authentic Montessori School
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Q.What special training do Montessori teachers have?
As with the choice of a Montessori school for children, an adult must also exercise wisdom in choosing a teacher training course. Anyone can legally use the name "Montessori" in describing their teacher training organization. One must be sure that the certification earned is recognized by the school where one desires to teach. The two major organizations offering Montessori training in the United States are the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI, with a U.S. branch office called AMI-USA) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). Most training centers require a bachelor's degree for admission. Training ranges from 200 to 600 pre-service contact hours, and covers principles of child development and Montessori philosophy, as well as specific uses of the Montessori classroom materials. Montessori training centers can be found across North American and around the world.

Hoboken Montessori School employs head teachers that are Montessori trained and certified. We maintain documented proof of our Montessori teacher's credentials on file.
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Q.What is the best way to choose a Montessori school for my child?
Ask if the school is affiliated with any Montessori organization. Ask what kind of training the teachers have. Visit the school, observe the classroom in action, and later ask the teacher or director to explain the theory behind the activities you saw. Most of all, talk to your child’s prospective school faculty about their philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.
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Q.What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five sense, not just 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 a three-year age group (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.

A Montessori classroom is in many ways different from a standard classroom. The prepared environment is suited to the child's need for order. Every material in a Montessori classroom has its own place and is kept in good working condition. The materials are also self-correcting, allowing the child to find his/her own mistakes. The activities in a Montessori classroom are constructive. The emphasis of the room is on the children; they learn concentration, self-confidence, and self-reliance. Children choose their own work for low, open, easy accessible shelves, enabling them to gain independence. The class is child directed, not teacher dominated. Children are engaged and concentrating on their work. The room is like a home for them - it's "their" place.

In addition, storytelling, art, music, singing, and movement are a part of everyday life at Hoboken Montessori School.

View a Comparison of Montessori vs. Traditional Preschools
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Q.Why are three, four, and five year olds mixed together?
Children learn from each other. When children are grouped by age, the range of capabilities is considerably smaller than when several ages are grouped together. The young children learn academic and social skills from observing their older classmates. The older children learn patience, tolerance and leadership skills from their younger classmates. Our society is not segmented into age groups. As adults we have friends and acquaintances of many different ages. The Montessori classroom reflects our society with a mixture of ages.
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Q.Do Montessori students do well later in life?
Research shows that Montessori children retain key academic and social strengths that support a balanced and successful life. Montessori kids are known for their knowledge base, poise and enthusiasm for learning. They also score well on standardized tests at the elementary level and up. There is a growing list of prominent Montessori alumni including Larry Page and Sergei Brin, co-founders of Google, Jeffrey Bezos, genius behind Amazon, Julia Childs, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and several actors like Helen Hunt and Melissa Gilbert.
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Q.Is HMS a licensed and regulated school by the NJ Department of Children & Families?
Yes. HMS is a licensed by the State of NJ through the NJ Department of Children & Families. You may check our licensing status by checking http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/families/childcare/. Enrolling your child at a licensed facility ensures state regulations are met which include but not limited to class size per classroom, student to teacher minimum ratios, mandatory child abuse and criminal background checks are conducted for every staff member, staff education criteria are met, and safety procedures are regularly reviewed and tested.
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Q.Are all teachers and assistants trained in CPR & First Aid?
All staff at HMS receives formal CPR and First Aid training on a regular basis.
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“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones.” – Dr. Maria Montessori