Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the teacher - child ratio? Below are the ratio for the following classes: Playgroup/ Toddler – 1 : 4 Nursery – 1 : 5 Kinder – 1 : 7 Prep – 1 : 82. Where are your teachers from and what are their qualifications? Our main teachers are highly qualified licensed teachers from their country of Origin (Philippines, India, England, etc.). Montessori believes that having foreign teachers teach in our school is an education in itself, as each of them bring their own unique culture in the classroom and thus, make learning richer and much more fun for the students.3. How do you instill positive behavior in children? Montessori believes in positive discipline, which focuses on finding solutions to negative behavior rather than the punishment of it. We choose to reward good manners rather than highlight the negative one. Positive reinforcement never fails to be effective in the classroom. Rather than shout at the children for not listening intently during lesson time, calmly thank them for participating in the discussion, and we will definitely get their attention and thus, redirect their behavior. By doing this, we are encouraging children to be more considerate, and at the same time avoid embarrassing our students. Furthermore, to instill positive discipline in the classroom, a sufficient structure is necessary. There have to be established rules and routines right from the start not only to give students guidance on how to appropriately behave in the classroom, but also motivate them to cooperate and interact with the rest of the class.4. How do you handle parent/child separation issues? We encourage that parents leave their child to promote their independence and also to support the child bonding with the teachers and staff. This is especially recommended for the Playgroup and Toddler Class. A waiting area is provided for the parents/guardians and nannies if you wish to supervise your child’s progress. A teacher will only use the nanny if the child is very upset and cannot be comforted in any other way otherwise they must stay in this area. Different strategies are offered for parents to better handle the child’s separation anxiety. To fully support the transition process of your child in school, a joint effort on the part of the parents and teachers is highly important. 5. How do parents and teachers communicate on a daily basis? Our teachers always look forward to hearing from the parents, therefore at the start of each school year, each child is issued a Communication Book. All letters from the school and personal notes from the teachers can be found inside this book. The Communication Book is sent on a regular basis to update the parents of what goes on in the classroom. Moreover, space is also provided for the parents’ replies and messages to the teachers as well. The teachers are always available to accommodate parents queries and concerns as long as classes are not in session.