Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which languages are you offering at Casa Montessori?
You can choose one of the following languages:
With English being the core language at Casa Montessori.
When is the right time to start a second language?
The earlier the better. “There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language from an early age. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad”. Source: The Telegraph in “Children should start learning an additional language at the age of three” by Catherine Ford
Is my child going to be confused?
This is a common misconception. In the past, some poorly designed studies drew the conclusion that early exposure to two languages put children at a disadvantage. However, new studies have shown that even children with special needs and speech delay can benefit enormously from learning a foreign language. (source: Understanding Bilingual/Bicultural Young Children Soto, Lourdes Diaz, Young Children, v46 n2 p30-36; A bilingual approach to the education of young deaf children: Michael Strong)
For how long a day is my child going to be exposed to the chosen language program?
The second language (French or Spanish) will increase in time as the child’s natural ability to concentrate grows. Starting from 20 minutes daily for the younger ones until 1 hour for the older children in addition to one to one (teacher-child learning). The rest of the time the learning will be in English.
What if my child is not interested in joining the language sessions?
The Montessori approach suggests that the teacher should not make children do activities against their will; our team is ready to make very attractive language sessions to engage the children; if the child is concentrated in an activity at the moment of the group session she/he will be allowed to finish their activity otherwise they will be encouraged to join the group. Using our language tracking system we will spot who didn’t participate in language program in a particular day and the teacher will then encourage one-to-one sessions to catch up.
At what time does the language program begin?
In a Montessori classroom the time of the free-flow (the freedom to choose activities) is precious that is why at Casa Montessori children will be allowed 2 hours from the time of arrival to explore the classroom and choose activities as they wish either inside or outside. The cycle naturally breaks after these two hours; this is when we will encourage the children to gather with their corresponding language teacher for a session. Children that are concentrated in an activity will be allowed to finish and join the group when they are ready.
Is Casa Montessori only for children whose parents are bilingual?
No. Those children whose parents speak one language at home will benefit from our bilingual program just as the ones with bilingual parents because even bilingual children might not be familiar with the vocabulary related to our termly topics e.g. seasons or space. Also, by having bilingual peers and teachers; non bilingual children (yet) will benefit. Families from all backgrounds are welcomed in Casa Montessori.
We only speak French/Spanish at home: is my child going to learn English?
Yes. Our curriculum aims to provide an outstanding educational and developmental program in both languages in a balanced way. However, manners, classroom rules, community matters, caring for the environment, outings and some celebrations will be in English.
Why Spanish and French?
After English we dare to say that French and Spanish are the most useful languages. Spanish is spoken in 21 countries with 420 million people around the world speaking it and French is spoken in 29 countries with 380 million people speaking it. Not even mentioning that Spain and France are two of the most chosen vacationing spots.
How is the Montessori approach going to be implemented?
Through the environment, Montessori materials and activities. The teachers will observe, assess and plan accordingly to the needs of each individual child as well as prepare the environment and themselves to provide a rich, interesting and nourishing school.
Is Casa Montessori OFSTED registered?
Yes, we are registered and have rate "Good" on our last inspection.
Do you follow the EYFS?
Yes. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years’ providers must follow the EYFS.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.