Kindergarten & Montessori
1. What is the difference between Montessori & Kindergarten?
• At NCFE JBN, Kindergarten is a structured learning environment with a thematic approach (monthly themes) and provides a strong foundation for elementary school. Teaching is done using teaching aids and learning is active.
• Montessori is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
2. How many years is the Montessori programme?
• Montessori programme is a three year programme – Montessori 1, Montessori 2, Montessori 3, after which students go to Class 1
3. What is Montessori Method of teaching?
• Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori based upon the actual observations of the children. Various subjects like Language, Arithmetic, Sensorial, EPL (Exercise of Practical Life), Geography, Science, are taught with scientifically designed materials which are age appropriate
4. How does a mixed age classroom help a child?
• The mixed age group environment creates an atmosphere where children learn to help and be helped by other children, because they interact consistently with children whose age and abilities are varied .Older children learn to be patient and tolerant, and serve as role models and teachers for the younger children.
5. Why is cursive script introduced initially?
• Cursive script demands making convoluted motor movements. The child is interested and capable of making controlled motor conquests at this stage
6. How does the Montessori system help the child in Class 1?
• The Montessori Method is a scientifically designed program keeping in mind both the child’s mental and physical developmental stages as well as the child’s acquisition of age-appropriate scope and sequence of various sensorial and academic skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic. This lays a sound foundation for the child to face his / her Class 1 academic classes with confidence.
• Montessori also establishes habits of concentration, perseverance and thoroughness in the early years which then, in turn, produces a competent and confident learner in the later years. Armed with these qualities the Montessori child eases into the mainstream classrooms adapting easily and quickly to their new routine.
7. How do Montessori -1 children settle in the classroom?
• New children are offered preliminary activities like puzzles, threading the beads, stacking, shape sorters. These activities give children the initial time to settle down into the new surroundings. As soon as they are familiar with and comfortable in the environment, they willingly begin to explore and fulfill their natural urge to begin work
8. Do you have Special Educator facilities?
9. Do you have female attenders in the school Bus?
• Yes, there are female attenders in the school bus.
10. Should the child be toilet trained?
• Yes, the child should be toilet trained and should be able to convey the teacher and maid if needed.