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3 Tips For Finding the Best Montessori Preschool For Your Child

Are you considering sending your child to a Montessori preschool or daycare? Here are some of the top tips to help you find the best Montessori preschool in Calgary for your little one.


For more than a century, the Montessori method of education has been thriving around the globe and for a good reason: several key elements of this approach meet the educational goals today’s parents have for their children, including:

  • Growing into capable individuals who have a strong sense of self
  • Developing the ability to connect with others
  • Developing the potential to be productive throughout their lives

By enrolling your child in a Montessori preschool, you can rest assured that the education they’ll receive will develop them into individuals who are accountable, capable, and knowledgeable, with the skills required to thrive in the real world.


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At Grey Matter Montessori, our team understands that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why we are dedicated to providing the best Montessori preschool/kindergarten education for all of our students, and our teachers strive always to foster development, creativity, self-confidence, and a lifelong love for learning.

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How To Choose The Best Montessori Preschool For Your Child

So you’ve made the decision to enroll your child in a Montessori preschool - but how do you know which one is best for your child’s needs? Choosing an exemplary program is key to ensuring your child gets the best education, but this can be difficult, especially if you’re a newcomer to the world of Montessori.

Here are some simple tips on how to choose the best Montessori preschool for your child:

1. Observe The Classroom

The most important thing you can do when choosing a Montessori program for your child is to go and observe the classroom. It’s hard to get an accurate idea of a school from meeting with the administrator or touring the building, so if you can, try spending a little time sitting quietly in the classroom. As you, be mindful of:

  • Whether the classroom is clean, organized, and well-stocked with Montessori materials?
  • Is the classroom aesthetically pleasing? Making the environment as interesting and attractive as possible for children is a keystone of the Montessori program,
  • There should be child-sized furnishings, seating, and tools, as this is key to fostering independence and learning.
  • Is the atmosphere one of enjoyment?
  • Are there natural elements in the space, such as wood, metal, or glass? Are these clean, organized, and easily accessible to children?

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2. Observe the Children

Another effective way of judging whether a Montessori preschool will be a good fit for your child is to observe the children who are already enrolled in the program. While you are sitting in the classroom, observe the children and ask yourself:

  • Do the children look happy to be there?
  • Are they working productively and focused on their tasks, or are they disruptive and restless?
  • Are they working independently or in small groups of 2-4 students?
  • Are the children able to choose their own work and concentrate without being interrupted?
  • Do the children interact with one another, their teachers, and adults, in a respectful and gentle manner?

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3. Observe the Teachers

Apart from observing the environment and the children within the classroom, take some time to watch the teachers and how they carry out their duties. Look at:

  • How the teachers interact with the children.
  • If there is a respectful tone between teacher and student.
  • Does the teacher guide the children as they work independently, rather than giving a lesson to the classroom as a whole.
  • How closely the teacher observes the children as they work/play. This is important because it will allow the teacher to see where each child is in his/her individual development.

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Trust Your Instincts to Find The Best Montessori Preschool For Your Child

After you have observed the classroom, children, and teachers, it’ll be time to make your decision. Above all, you should trust your own instincts. Did you feel comfortable in the environment and with the teachers? How did your child respond to the environment?

You know your child better than anyone, so trust your inner guide and your ability to make the best decision for your child.


Book a Tour at Grey Matter Montessori

At Grey Matter Montessori preschool, we are passionate about helping your child gain unique learning experiences and big developmental strides. They will learn how to be a team-player, while also be encouraged to become independent and engage with the world around them.

Do you want your child to spend their summer in an action-packed, fun, and educational manner? To find out more about the costs and benefits of our summer camps this year, contact us at 587-707-4739 or book a tour of our school.

 


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