Frequently Asked Questions
How is Montessori different from traditional?
You can find a complete comparison on the “What is Montessori?” page.
Why is the Montessori classroom so quiet?
Is Montessori a structured program?
How does TLC handle discipline?
What can I do at home?
What is the procedure if my child has trouble transitioning to school?
Your role in helping your child transition to school is set with a good bye routine. Be consistent and explain it to your child. Example; “I am going to give you two kisses and two hugs then leave but I will be back.” Once you have left the teachers will do their part to help your child adjust to them, the other children and the environment.
I would like to meet with the teachers each month to let them know what I would like my child to study.
You are welcome to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress.
My child has been in school for 3-4 months and is still in the Practical Life section. I would like him/her to move on to another area of the classroom.
My child will be 5 after the August 31st deadline to enter Kindergarten, and I feel confident that he/she is ready.
Talk to the school district you live in about early entrance exams. Once your child has taken the exam and passed all areas you may register for TLC’s Kindergarten class. Keep in mind the exam needs to be complete and the results given to TLC prior to the first day of the school year.
How does TLC communicate with parents?
The teachers and office use several methods to keep parents informed. Each child will be given a communication folder the first day of class. This folder goes back and forth between the school and home each day. It contains office, teacher and parent communication as well as your child’s completed materials. Progress reports are sent home twice per school year prior to parent/teacher conferences. Kindergarten-1 students will receive a third progress report at the end of the school year. You may schedule a meeting with teachers anytime you and the teacher think it is necessary. Emails are sent out regularly from the office and teachers. Our goal is to respond before leaving for the day or first thing in the morning. Phone calls are returned before leaving for the day or first thing in the morning.
Definitions of commonly used Montessori terms.
A complete list of terms can be found on our “Montessori Terms” page.