Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Montessori classroom and a traditional classroom?
A traditional classroom is typically teacher-centered. Children are instructed
in a group with little respect to the individual developmental level or
interest of the child.
A Montessori classroom is child-centered. The focus is with the uniqueness of each
individual with respect to each child's interest and level of development. The teacher,
originally called a "Directress", functions as a designer of the environment, role
model, facilitator to the child and keen observer of behavior and growth. Children
learn at their own pace, not of the group. Once they have received a lesson (presentation)
children are free to choose their own activities. Learning is self-motivated, enjoyable
and ultimately, highly successful.
Montessori classrooms are also multi-aged with three, four and five year-olds interacting
together as one community. This encourages social interaction for cooperative learning,
peer teaching and emotion growth.
Is Montessori only for preschool aged children?
There are Montessori schools with programs for infants and toddlers through elementary,
junior and senior high. However, the program at Kinderhaus is only for preschool
age children. A child must be three years old before September 1st of the year before
they are enrolled.
Critics say Montessori students are unsupervised. Is this true?
Montessori students are self-directed, not unsupervised. The directress, or teacher
guide, presents activities (gives a lesson) to a child. Continuously observing the
level of interest she evaluates how often the child returns to it, if there is focus
and concentration, and if the child uses the material with dexterity, coordination
and understanding. Based upon her observations and the child's mastery of an activity,
the teacher is able to lead the child towards the next level of difficulty, or allow
the child more time to master a skill.
How well do KMS students transition to traditional schools?
Montessori children are fairly adaptable. Children from Kinderhaus have transitioned
well into a traditional kindergarten classroom. They have already learned to work
independently and make individual choices, they possess good communication skills
and they have confidence in their abilities. Kindergarten teachers for area schools
have remarked what a delight KMS students are to have in their classrooms.
Does KMS require students to be toilet trained?
Yes. While we recognize not all children are toilet trained before their
early education begins, we do require all children are trained without the use
of pull-ups when they begin at Kinderhaus.
What are the fees and tuition cost at KMS?
Current school enrollment fees and tuition can be found in our
materials download section.