How is Montessori education different from traditional public, private, and parochial programs?
The "whole child" approach makes us special. The primary goal of our program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Through our carefully prepared environments and the gentle guidance of our teachers, each child experiences the joy of learning and develops the ability to create his or her own knowledge. Graduates leave our school confident and competent to face future educational experiences.
Is previous Montessori experience mandatory?
Most children come to the Pre-Primary classroom at age three without prior Montessori experience. Children are accepted at age 4 or 5 depending on classroom openings. Each child's application is handled individually.
The Elementary program builds upon the foundation laid in the early childhood program as well as on itself. Preferably children enter the Junior and Senior classrooms with previous Montessori experience, but exceptions are made on an individual basis. The ultimate goal is to provide the optimum learning environment for each child.
How is academic progress reported?
Regular parent conferences are scheduled twice a year, and additional conferences may be scheduled at any time. Parents are also encouraged to observe their children's classroom (by appointment). Annual standardized achievement tests are administered for grades 2 through 6.
What type of discipline is employed in the classroom?
Methods of discipline used in the classrooms include clear communication of behavioral expectations, modeling of desired behavior by adults, problem solving, careful classroom structure, and time out to re-think one's actions. CMH does not employ any form of corporal punishment.
How is lunch handled?
Elementary and Pre-Primary All Day children will be required to bring each day a sack lunch that follows the nutritional guidelines outlined in our Parent Handbook. We strongly recommend wholesome, balanced lunches including meat, fish, poultry, beans or legumes; fruits and vegetables; dairy; breads or pasta; and drinks made from 100% juice in any form or white milk. The following will not be permitted: soda pop, candy, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, chocolate and sugary snacks. Our teachers will be happy to discuss this program with you and offer menu suggestions. We encourage the participation of the children in menu planning and lunch packing. The children sit together for lunch in the spirit of good health, good manners, and good companionship.
How is school transportation handled?
Parents are responsible for their child's transportation to Children's Meeting House. Carpooling is a popular option.
Some school districts provide bus service for the children, or will reimburse you for providing this service. Please check with your local school district for more information. NOTE: If you need to have your child taken to a child care facility some districts will provide this service as well.
Is childcare available after school?
Yes, Aftercare runs from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. See After School Care for more information.
Is toilet-training required in order to enter the Pre-Primary class?
Diaper changing facilities are not available and therefore toileting awareness is encouraged. We are sensitive to the developmental differences in children in all areas of their lives and realize that not all children will have acquired this skill by age three. The staff will aid the child in developing and becoming aware of toileting needs. School readiness in general is really the deciding factor for placement into the Pre-Primary program.
Is religious instruction part of the curriculum?
CMH is not affiliated with any religious organization and does not offer any religious instruction. Our staff does explore different religious traditions and celebrations as part of the cultural studies curriculum.
What is PACT?
All parents are members of PACT which stands for "Parents Assisting Children and Teachers." The PACT officers have important leadership roles, such as coordinating our parent volunteers who serve a vital role at CMH. Parent volunteer opportunities are available in many areas of school life, including participating in various work parties throughout the school year, driving for field trips, making materials and other classroom support services, and helping with office work and fundraising events.