Visit and Observe

Parent’s Visit

perfecting the pencer gripWe believe that before prospective parents make a commitment to our school, they should understand not only the Montessori philosophy but what it will be like for their child to attend our school. To this end, we ask parents to take a tour of the school and observe the classroom as a part of the application process.

On your visit, you will view a short video, tour the facility, and observe the children at work. Our Admissions Director will be available to answer any questions that you might have. At the end of this visit, which typically takes 45 minutes, we will give you an application for enrollment. Please fill out this application and submit it with a $50 non-refundable Application Fee. If a space is available, a date for your child to visit will be scheduled. If space is not available, your child's name will be placed in our waiting pool.

We would like your observation in our school to be as informative as possible. Here are some things to look for:

  • The environment
    • Is the classroom clean and orderly?
    • Are the furnishings child-sized and appropriate?
    • Are the materials easily available to the children?
  • The children
    • Do the children seem happy?
    • Are they free to choose their own work?
    • Are they working with the materials and engaged in learning?
    • Are they concentrating?
    • Are they uninterrupted in their work?
  • The staff
    • Are the teachers pleasant, responsive, and encouraging to the children?
    • Do they listen to the children, and treat them with respect?
    • Do they spend most of their time giving lessons to individuals or small groups of children, or observing the children?
    • Do they appear to love working with children?
  • Other factors
    • Is an extended period of time available for the children to work in the classroom?
    • Is time set aside for group activities and outdoor play?
    • Does this classroom seem like a place where your child would be happy?

For further information about choosing a Montessori education for your child, click here for a list of useful links and additional reading.

Child’s Visit

We would like to meet your child and have him work in the classroom before a final decision about attendance is made. Children’s visits should last about 30 minutes. This will give your child a chance to experience working in the classroom with the teacher and other students.

the constructive trianglesIt would be best if your child could be with us without parents, but we know that sometimes this is difficult, especially with young ones. If you think your child can handle your leaving for a few minutes, please try to do so, but we ask that you remain in the building for safety reasons. If leaving the room is not feasible, please try to stay “out of the picture” as much as possible to allow the teacher to have some one-on-one time with your child. She will engage him in conversation, and offer some familiar activities to help him feel comfortable in the classroom. Depending on the age, she will also work with some of the math and language materials to determine readiness.

Next Steps

After the visit, if you think Children's House Montessori School is the right place for your child, we will give you a contract and an enrollment packet, and discuss a start date with you. Return the contract, signed by both parents, and other required paperwork, along with a non-refundable enrollment fee of $250 to hold your child’s place in the classroom. Your child will be ready to start on the agreed date.