Q1: What is your class size and student / teacher ratio?

Q2: How is the Jordan Montessori program different from traditional education?

Q3: How are the teachers selected?

Q4: When I observe a Montessori class, most kids work by themselves. Will my child still learn social skills?

Q5: Why is Kindergarten included with preschool?

Q6: What about grading and evaluation? How will the teachers ensure that each child is achieving at least the minimum educational standards?

Q7: What happens when a child leaves a Montessori school?

Q8: Does Jordan International Montessori School accommodate children with Special Needs?

Q9: What is the application procedure?

 

 

Q1: What is your class size and student / teacher ratio?

A : In the toddler program (18 months-3 years) our teacher-student ratio is capped at 1:6. In our Casa program (ages 3-6 years), the ratio is 1:10.

Q2: How is the Jordan Montessori program different from traditional education?

A: The Montessori curriculum and pedagogy encourages active learning through all five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing. We  prepare a rich environment, which is designed to strike the child’s interest. The teacher’s job is to observe the child, follow his interest and direct him toward lessons that match his interest with his intellectual capacities which will achieve the maximum potential in all areas.

Learning is an exciting process and children in Montessori classes learn in their own style and at their own pace. The teacher’s job is to address differences within each child and adjust the instructions to meet the child’s personal interest and needs. 

Montessori classes place children in mixed-age groups.  Older children will become leaders and they help younger ones to learn, and younger children will learn higher knowledge from the older children by example.

Jordan International Montessori School

Traditional

Active learning

Passive learning

Bilingualism

Proficiency in English only

Students work on individual lessons or small group lessons. Teachers observe, evaluate, and support the learning of each child.

Teachers direct and teach large group lessons. Children are taught from lesson plans geared toward the middle students.

Children learn from concrete to abstract through specialized manipulative materials.

Children learn from books and worksheets.

Multi-age group, so the younger children can learn directly from older ones through observation

Same age grouping

Child works at own pace

Group sets the pace

Environment and method encourage self-discipline and help children learn to take responsibility for their behavior.

Reward and punishment is used to regulate behaviors.

 

Q3: How are the teachers selected in Austin?

A : Each classroom has at least one teacher who is Montessori-qualified (AMI trained). Generally the teachers hold an undergraduate degree and have had training in Montessori curriculum, and early childhood education. Jordan International Montessori School has looked in Austin, and all over the world to hire outstanding faculty with a passion for teaching. Mandarin Chinese speaking teachers are from China or Taiwan who are Montessori-trained and have rich working experience in bilingual classrooms.

Q4: When I observe a Montessori class, most kids work by themselves. Will my child still learn social skills?

A : Our goal is to help children develop social skills and positive attitudes toward other people through social interactions here in Austin. In the class, the children are free to work individually during designated periods of the day, and also to participate in group activities. Our teachers constantly model grace and courtesy in social interactions and give the children words to express their feelings and emotions and enhance their problem solving skills. We encourage the children to take responsibility for their own behavior, respect others, and care for the environment. 

 

Q5: Why is Kindergarten included with preschool?

A: The children benefit from the multi-age classroom. Older children are role models and teachers to the younger ones. They are able to mentor their peers and demonstrate their understanding of subjects by showing their work to the younger ones.  Through helping the younger children, they gain confidence and pride in their abilities. In the 3rd year, the kindergarten students are becoming proficient in writing and reading, which will help them gain confidence and develop a sense of accomplishment. 

 

Q6 : What about grading and evaluation? How will the teachers ensure that each child is achieving at least the minimum educational standards?

A : Our teachers constantly observe the children in the classroom, and support the children who need help. Our teachers also establish lesson plans for the individual children and small groups for each subject.

 

Q7: What happens when a child leaves a Montessori school?

A : Montessori children are usually highly adaptable. They are independent, and able to manage their time well. They have good communication skills and are able to express their own ideas, work and solve problems with others. They love helping others and are able to make their own decisions. 

 

Q8: Does Jordan International Montessori School accommodate children with Special Needs?

A: Because the Montessori curriculum allows children to work at their own pace, it is a good fit for children with specific learning needs as well as children with exceptional capacities.  In the Montessori classroom, children are learning through their five senses. Children who are gifted learners, second language learners, or who are strong visual or kinesthetic learners, tend to be more successful in a Montessori environment.    

  

Q9: What is the application procedure?

A: The application process consists of: a parent orientation tour, a written application (which includes a non-refundable $125 fee), the parent’s observation of children in the future classroom, the child’s orientation to the school and future classroom, and a notice of acceptance from the administration. If a place is not immediately available, you will be placed on our waitlist. As space becomes available, the Admissions Office will notify you and proceed with the next step of the enrollment process.