Common Questions About Montessori


    How is Montessori different from a traditional classroom model?

    -       Montessori materials allow children to learn by doing. Students have freedom of movement and the freedom to choose their own work. The teacher functions as a guide for materials exploration and provides support as children move forward in their learning.


    Is there structure in the Montessori classroom?

    -       Each day has an order and a pattern, allowing children to understand and predict the basic elements of the schedule. Materials are thoughtfully organized and maintained by the students, delivering valuable skills in problem-solving, decision-making, and personal responsibility.


    Is Montessori best for certain types of learners?

    -       All learning styles and abilities are welcome in the Montessori classroom at Cherokee Heights. The active, hands-on environment meets children where they are in their development and inspires them to grow at a pace that is right for them.


    How do teachers know if students are reaching grade level benchmarks?

    -       Teachers observe students, collect progress data, and plan lessons that are appropriate for the children and that meet grade level benchmarks. Students are assessed in multiple ways, including district-wide grade-level testing. Feedback from these assessments is used by teachers to tailor instruction for the individual needs of each student.