Frequently Asked Questions

What is your policy for weather related school closure?

Stormi’s Montessori makes decisions about snow days based on ice, snow, extreme cold, road conditions and snow accumulation. After careful consideration of all relevant factors, the decision to close or delay school is made by the Head of School. The decision to close or delay school is usually made by 6:00 a.m.  An email will be sent to parents the night before indicating there is a possibility of school closing. This will give a heads up to make arrangements, in the case school does close.

School closings will be listed on both WNEM Channel 5 and WJRT Channel 12.

Is this a nut free environment?

We are a nut free school.  Students are asked to be careful in packing their lunches.  Nut allergies can cause serious complications and we want all of our children to be safe.

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend?

Children who are not potty trained are welcome to attend.  We work with the family to complete this process as smoothly as possible.

How did Montessori Education begin?

Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities.

What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.

What is the best way to choose a Montessori school for my child?

Visit the school, observe the classroom in action, and later ask the teacher or Director to explain the theory behind the activities you saw. Most of all, talk to the Director/Teacher about the school’s philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.

Why Do Most Montessori Schools Ask Young Children to Attend Five Days a Week?

Two and three day programs are often attractive to parents who do not need full-time care; however, five-day programs create the consistency that is so important to young children and which is essential in developing strong Montessori programs. Since the primary goal of Montessori involves creating a culture of consistency, order, and empowerment, most Montessori schools will expect children to attend five days a week.

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Why Montessori?  


 In 2006 the Science Journal  published a rigorous peer-reviewed study, in which, even years after graduating from Montessori  preschool/kindergarten program, children did significantly better:

academically: Montessori kids exhibited more  advanced math and creativity skills, self expression,  and sophistication of language use and writing;

socially: Montessori kids were more collaborative and kind to each other, they engaged in less “ambiguous rough play” and more in “meaningful shared activities” in the playground;

individual mental operations:  Montessori kids had dramatically better developed executive functions – ways of self-regulation, self-organization and self-evaluation, ability to plan, strategize, adjust performance and, in overall, to govern themselves.
(Science Journal: “Evaluating Montessori Education“)