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  1. There doesn't seem to be any opportunities for pretend play

  2. The materials don't seem to allow children to be creative

  3. Children don't seem to be interacting with another very much

(1) When Dr. Montessori opened the first Children's House it was full of pretend play things. The children never played with them as long as they were allowed to do real things - i.e. cooking instead of pretending to cook. It is still true.

(2) The materials teach specific things and then the creativity is incredible. Like learning how to handle a good violin and then playing music. It is not considered "creative" to use a violin as a hammer, or a bridge while playing with blocks. We consider it "creative" to learn how to use the violin properly and then create music. The same goes for the materials in a Montessori classroom.

(3) There is as much interaction as the children desire, but the tasks are so satisfying that, for these few hours a day, children want to master the challenges offered by them. Then they become happier and kinder—true socialization. Also, since concentration is protected above all, as all "work" is respected, children learn early on not to interrupt someone who is concentrating.

 
How do I find Montessori schools in my area? PDF Print E-mail
There are thousands of Montessori schools in the world, and three " list links at this site: www.montessori.edu/refs.html.  If his doesn't help you, look in your phone book, get the literature of local schools, observe, and compare what you learn with you read on this site.
 
Who accredits or oversees Montessori schools? PDF Print E-mail
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.

There are several Montessori organizations to which schools can belong. 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 affiliation(s).

 
What is the best way to choose a Montessori school for my child? PDF Print E-mail
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 principal to explain the theory behind the activities you saw. Most of all, talk to your child's prospective teacher about his or her philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.
 
How many Montessori schools are there? PDF Print E-mail
We estimate that there are at least 4,000 certified Montessori schools in the United States and about 7,000 worldwide.
 
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