FAQ

FAQ

"The first duty of an educator is not to stir up life, but leave it free to develop." - Dr. Maria Montessori 


Q. What do the registration and material fees cover?
A. All families at Beyond Montessori pay an annual registration fee. We also have a monthly fee for materials/activities. These fees cover all costs incurred throughout the school year and summer program as well. All children from toddlers to pre-kindergarteners have their trilingual classroom in our facility. All school workbooks and trilingual worksheets are included in this fee as is the music class, dance class, cooking projects, art instruction, in-house special art presentations, fresh vegetable and fruit snacks, and instructions from outside vendors during summer activities.

Families will not be charged an additional fee for field trips nor will they be forced to pay an additional “summer fee” just to have their child attend school during the summer months. We use only the highest quality materials such as Montessori materials, green concept children’s furniture, green concept nature inspiration play yard, compost barrels, outdoor sensorial tables and other green wood play tools, so that all children have the hands on learning experience they each deserve. We know you will see the difference here at Beyond Montessori.

Q. Why does Beyond Montessori language immersion program work for children?
A. Beyond Montessori has a decade of experience in immersion Montessori program. It started with teaching bilingual programs in Chinese and English, and then a few years later it expanded to trilingual service by bringing in the Spanish component. It has been proven by children that have learned English and Chinese. The program progression is based on the proof of children who had learned the expansion of Spanish. The Spanish literacy was another success based on parents’ feedback of graduated students. The accomplishments have been based on the Montessori language method.

The average child between 2-6 years old that attends 5 full-days at Beyond Montessori starts to learn to read and sing songs in Chinese, English and Spanish in approximately three months. It takes about 3 to 6 months for part-time students to display the immersion ability on listening, reading, singing or reciting the books. Please check out the testimonials and videos on our website which proves that Beyond Montessori immersion works successfully.

Q. How can children learn if they’re free to do whatever they want?
A. Dr. Montessori observed that children are further motivated to learn when working on something of their own choosing. A Montessori student may choose his focus and challenge of learning on any given day, but his decisions will be limited by the materials and activities in each area of the curriculum that the classroom educator has prepared and presented to them.

It was based on Dr. Montessori’s background as a doctor and an educator who invented a systematic, yet purposeful way of learning which focuses on math, language, sensorial, and enrichments such as culture, art, and music. All of this embrace’s a young child’s desire to learn with adds depth and dimension to form a respectful educational foundation.

Q. Does Beyond Montessori have an educational goal and has the school reached any success?
A. The educational goal of Beyond Montessori program is to prepare each child to meet or exceed core standards of the California Education System. In our program, we have facilitated methods that will benefit the young child. We follow Montessori methods that teach all areas of academic, language immersion, and the “whole child” concept. We also apply the Waldorf educational theory to our green concept by reusing the materials to create crafts and awaken the child to appreciate our world.

Our program has far exceeded the expectation of the parents as you can see from the reviews and feedback we’ve been given. Parents appreciate the educational foundation that we are fostering in their young child. We are delighted to know that children in our program are able to read and speak fluently in Spanish, English, and Mandarin.

Beyond Montessori embarks upon the mission to stimulate the joy of learning by guiding our children to complete projects that could benefit lifelong learning strengths.

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Q. What is your policy on discipline?
A. Being in a class with other children and teachers, rather than parents, presents new challenges for a child. Learning to get along in certain situations is why school is important for young children. To ensure a child’s experience at Beyond Montessori Preschool is a positive one, discipline is based on respect. Children are respected as independent individuals and such an attitude leads to a strong sense of self-esteem and dignity. A fundamental rule at Beyond Montessori Preschool is respect for self, others, and the environment. When a child is aware of their limits they are able to learn self-discipline and self-control.

Q. Why are there children of different ages in the same classroom?
A. Beyond Montessori’s education theory supports multi-age grouping. The basic fact is that children learn from one another. This can be seen in family and play situations where children are free to observe and interact in a variety of activities. Young children learn higher-level cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models.

Q. What should I read to familiarize myself with the Beyond Montessori Preschool educational philosophy?

A. There are many excellent books to choose from, however, we recommend beginning with these:
  1. The Secret of Childhood by Dr. Maria Montessori
  2. The Montessori Method by Dr. Maria Montessori
  3. Dr. Maria Montessori's Own Handbook by Dr. Maria Montessori
  4. The Discovery of the Child by Dr. Maria Montessori
  5. Spontaneous Activity in Education by Dr. Maria Montessori
Q. Does Beyond Montessori Immersion Preschool have a disaster or earthquake plan?
A. Yes. We have a formal earthquake and disaster plan for each of our school sites. We also have emergency supplies for all children on campus. These supplies would only be used in case of a large-scale emergency or earthquake. Beyond Montessori Preschool provides three days’ worth of food and boxed water. In addition, we provide blankets, shelter, light sticks, whistles, dust masks, space blankets, wind-up radios, flashlights, body warmers, water purification tablets, and hygiene supplies. Providing these supplies is yet another step we have taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the children. In addition to these supplies, our educators have current CPR and first aid certifications, and each classroom is equipped with an emergency first-aid backpack.

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