Does my child need to attend five days a week?
Yes. We believe the benefits of a five-day program are immeasurable! Children love exploring, discovering, experiencing their environment. Doing this takes time. We live in a such a fast paced world - we want results and mastery immediately in the time frame we want. However, children grow and develop at their own pace. They love to learn by exploring and deeply concentrating on their chosen activities. At JMS we offer them the freedom to repeat those activities without interruption until they master them. The Montessori environment offers quality, purposeful work for children to engage in. Each day they are presented lessons that are age appropriate and will stir within them a love of learning.
Being in the classroom for five days, allows the process of learning and discovery to continue more consistently as well as giving them the opportunity to choose many interesting activities and work. A five-day Montessori environment allows the natural pace of a child's learning to happen. Additionally, the more time children spend in the Montessori environment, the more time there is to build strong focus and attention skills as well as longer work cycles. This development is critical to children's success as they continue on with their schooling. Think about when you are engaged in a project you are enjoying and what it feels like to have it disrupted.
Is there an advantage to mixed-age classrooms?
The older students at JMS serve as both role models and tutors for the younger students. This environment gives older children confidence in their own abilities and self-esteem to be leaders of the classroom. This also gives younger children a clear vision of what is expected of them
How many classrooms are there?
1 Infant Community for ages 6 weeks - 16 months
1 Toddler Community for ages 16 months - 33 months
2 Primary Classrooms for ages 33 months - Kindergarten
Will my child be ready for 1st grade?
The JMS Children's House focuses on preparing children for the elementary school experience. Some concepts in Montessori are presented differently, but the concepts are the same. By completing the Kindergarten year in Children's House 3-year cycle, the children develop into curious, self-confident learners who look forward to going to 1st grade.
What is the child/teacher ratio?
The State of Minnesota requires that one adult be present for every 10 children in the Children’s House and one adult for every 7 children in our Toddler Community and one adult for every 4 children in our Infant Community..
Teachers: The first adult is a Montessori trained teacher. A Montessori teacher must possess a special credential from a Montessori Teacher Training College, usually the equivalent of one full school year above and beyond a bachelor’s degree.
Assistant Teachers: The second adult at Jonathan Montessori is an Assistant Teacher. Assistant teachers must possess 9 credits of Early Childhood Education and one full-year of experience. We are very fortunate that most of our assistant teachers have Bachelor degrees, Master degrees, and Montessori training.
Aides: An aide is the third adult in the environment at Jonathan Montessori. Although the law does not require any educational training beyond staff development hours, aides at Jonathan Montessori do have college education and in some cases possess Bachelor or Master’s degrees. They may not have concentrated their studies in Early Childhood Education and therefore may not be able to assume responsibility for the group and qualify as an aide rather than an assistant.
Is there a lunch service?
Families are asked to bring their own peanut-free lunch.