Frequently asked questions
How do you select the right preschool for your child?
Montessori Children’s Center welcomes any family looking for a preschool for their child/children. We offer daily tours to the families.
We try to gauge and understand the needs of the parents which helps us explaining those key points during the tour. During the time of the tour, we take utmost time explaining the process and the daily routine by giving them a tour of our school. The parents get to meet and greet the experienced staff, can interact with the teachers, take a closer look at the classroom, understanding the Montessori materials and the functioning of the classroom. and show them all about our school makes the process of selecting our school that will best suit their child/children.
Is potty training needed before joining preschool?
At MCC, children who are attending the infant program (6 weeks – 18 months) and toddler program (18months – 3 years) don’t have to be potty trained. However, the potty-training process starts anywhere between the ages of 18 months – 3 years of age entirely depending on the child and our staff follow the child.
Our primary classroom’s requirement (3 years – 6 years) that the child must be potty trained.
We do accept children who are not potty trained above the age of 3 years. but will start them in our toddler classroom to get potty trained to move to the primary classroom.
What is your School’s approach to Discipline?
Montessori Children’s Center’s takes a different approach to discipline, children do receive discipline, but they are also given freedom within limits.
Grace and Courtesy is an important lesson plan incorporated in our Montessori curriculum. Grace and Courtesy lessons are essentially teaching the children what it means to be polite and how to appropriately communicate his or her feelings.
MCC Teachers treat children with respect and trust them to learn from the mistakes that they make.
Discipline is not obedience but self-discipline. That's why we do not use time out chairs, color-coded behavior charts, demerits, treasure chests, or other rewards and punishments to control our students' behaviors. Our goal for the children is to make the children understand what the problem is and the possible solutions to it all through verbal communications.
What is the Montessori Teaching, Philosophy and Curriculum?
Originally developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over one hundred years ago, the Montessori approach to educating has proven revolutionary. The method of instruction breaks with traditional approaches in numerous significant ways. For conceptual purposes, it is helpful to think of teachers as conductors of an intricate orchestra of students and young minds, rather than drill sergeants of unruly young children. Teachers guide their students through a prepared environment, which is the classroom, among lessons and activities which both tease a child’s interest or curiosity and are skill/development appropriate for each child. In approaching students in this manner, children are working on lessons and activities which interest them. As a result, they are learning exponentially quicker, earlier, and more efficiently than by traditional methods.
The Montessori method essentially divides up the curriculum in to five more focused genres, math, language, science, practical life, and sensorial. MCC classrooms are equipped with a series of lessons, from each of the five genres, in varying complexity. Students, with one-on-one attention from MCC faculty, work through the various lessons of their interest, at their individual pace. Children may elect to work on all five genres in one day, or simply stick to one. Children are provided the choice and independence to make these types of decisions for themselves.
MCC classrooms follow the Montessori method, and tailor it further to the varying ages and readiness of our students.
Is MCC preschool accredited and licensed?
Yes, Montessori Children’s Center is Accredited and is a licensed preschool catering to the ages as young as 6 weeks old to 6 years old. We also have the privileges to cater to children up to 12 years of age in our Before & After Care and in our Summer Camp programs.
How frequently are Toys and Classroom Sanitized?
This means daily sanitizing of the surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, materials, toys, hands-on learning items, faucet handles
Across the school here at MCC, you will see the teachers sanitize more frequently and more than couple of times in a day. We are very extremely cautious of our infant and toddler room since it involves little children who often tend to explore the materials in their mouth, so extra special attention is given to those classrooms.
How will I be informed of my child’s progress?
MCC uses a mobile application for communications, it is simple and literally acts as a text message to the teacher or vice versa to know more about the child.
We also encourage the traditional method of setting up a time to meet with the teacher before or after teaching hours. If you have concerns or just want to know about what your child is doing in the classroom, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment.
MCC offers parent-teacher conference twice a year, one in January and the second at the end of the year. That would be the best time to find out all about the child’s growth and progress
How will I know what kind of day my child had?
We at MCC use a mobile application for instant notifications, that the parents can see, be it pictures of their child’s work/works of the day. It’s the most convenient and accessible way for the teacher to reach out to the parents be it individual/group message and vice versa for the parents.
We are just a message away to keep in constant touch.
How does the school track and assess student learning?
Montessori method of teaching is to follow the child. The teacher has a tracking plan implemented for each child and maintains a record of the same from the time of demonstration of the activity to the child working on it independently.
The teacher will update the record sheet daily or periodically.
How does the school communicate with parents?
We at MCC, uses a mobile application. It’s easy, convenient, safe and accessible from anywhere since its downloaded on the parent’s phone. Any form of communication, pictures from the school’s end will be posted on the app and parents can view instantly. Likewise, the parents, they can send a message to the would be relayed immediately.
It’s a private portal for each child.
Is there a Transition Period for my child? How do parents handle Separation Anxiety?
We as preschool teachers, understand that the child joining our program could be coming from, being home all the time or coming from anther program. The separation anxiety coming from both parents and the child is relevant and we strongly believe that the faster the drop off takes place in the mornings, its easier for the trio involved which are: teachers, parents, and the child to get accustomed to the new routine.
Parents must trust that their child is in safe hands and the teachers will do their best to keep them safe and happy. Eventually things do turn around, we must be patient and give it, its course of time to happen organically.
Each child is precious, unique and take their own time in transitioning to the new environment which is eventually going to be their second home.
Some children may few minutes, some may take hours, some take a day to few days to couple of weeks to get acclimatized to the new routine away from their home.
There are 3 parties involved in this connection: child, teacher and the parents. It has to be handled with care and patience to see the end happy results.
What are the qualifications needed for teaching? What are the skills and experience that a teacher should have?
In Montessori Children’s Center, we have always had the benefit of having Montessori trained/certified Lead Teachers in our Primary classrooms and Toddler classroom. Our teachers have been working with us for more than a decade and a great advantage to the community as well as to the school.
The assistant teachers may come with no or minimal experience but get to work with the best lead teachers who are able to impart their knowledge, through which assistant teacher gain their training and confidence of handling the subject matter, children, and classroom as a whole.
All our staff require continuous education training of 16 hours each year and that’s how they stay connected with the curriculum and complete their ongoing training.
How much parental involvement is expected or needed for your school?
Parental involvement is completely voluntary. Parents are always welcome to come help out the teacher in getting the materials ready for the classroom like cutting, copying or any other help that the teacher may request for. They could come read a book for the children during story time. They can come observe the classroom during the Montessori work time for an hour and work with their child or in smaller groups.
Now due to covid, the parent involvement is none.
How much play time do the children get in a day?
In our Montessori school, our children get about 2-3 hours of play time which includes morning social interaction, playground time for two 30 minutes and evening social interaction time. The children who get dropped off before 9 AM and who are in the school after 5 PM are interacting, playing with other children and with stem toys. The children get about an hour of playground time spilt into 2 half hour sessions.
How do you Group Children
Infant classroom (6 weeks – 18 Months)
Toddler Program (18 months – 3 years)
Primary Program (3 years – 6 years)
What is the Teacher Student Ratio?
Our teacher - student ratios are:
Infant classroom (6 weeks – 18 Months) : 1 Teacher - 4 Students
Toddler Program (18 months – 3 years) : 1 Teacher – 8 Students
Primary Program (3 years – 6 years) : 1 Teacher – 10 Students
Although we can go up to 14students per teacher in our primary classroom, we would like to keep it at a comfortable ratio.
How do you cater to Individualized Learning?
We are a traditional Montessori School and our focus has and is always to follow the child. The trained teachers will identify the child’s interest or curiosity and focus on their skill development. Once the interests are identified then learning happens smoothly, quickly and in an efficient manner.
Do you accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions?
Yes. We are a traditional Montessori School and since our focus is always to follow the child, we accommodate children who have dietary restrictions or have food/seasonal allergies. Our school is a nut free school.
We will follow the same set of rules and regulations that the parent would follow for their child at home with the type of restrictions.
Will my child eat at school?
Yes, both our Full Day as well as our Half Day program children eat in school.
They have the option to eat either school lunch or home brought lunch in our school.
What kind of Hot Lunch Program do you provide?
We have the option of children bringing lunch from home or they could choose the hot lunch program offered by the school from a catering company that most schools use. The food comes with an entrée, a side of fruit and a side of vegetables or salad.
Currently due to covid, the parents are responsible for the snacks and lunch from home with a bottle of water. Starting Fall 2021, MCC is planning to cater lunch from the most popular and recognized catering company that works great for preschools.
When is the Nap Time?
The children finish their lunch at 12:30 PM, will be read a book by a teacher and get ready for their nap. The Nap time is generally from 1 PM – 2:45 PM every working weekday.
What is the school schedule?
- Preschool hours
We are open from on Weekdays from 7 AM – 6 PM, except on Federal Holidays.
- Convenient locations
We have 2 convenient locations, one in the heart of Herndon and the other in Centreville.
Herndon Location Centreville Location
2745 Centreville Rd, 6319 Old Centreville Rd,
Herndon, VA 20171 Centreville, VA 20121
Does your school operate all year around
MCC is a Montessori preschool that helps families by keeping the school open throughout the year. We observe the Federal holidays and is shut for a week during Christmas and a week during the county Spring break.
Do you have summer camp
MCC’s summer camp is something that the parents look forward too. It caters to children from 2 years to 12 years of age.
We have a lot of returning school age children who love the summer camp activities which involve going to the parks, museums since the nation’s capital is at a driving distance and the children can explore different kinds of museums. We also varied talents coming in to entertain the children and at the same time keep those learning minds alert.