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Frequently Asked Questions

What times are classes held?
Daily Class Times
Morning Care: 08:00 am – 09:00 am
Morning Session: 09:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch Program: 11:45 am – 12:45 am
Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 03:30 pm
Afternoon Care: 03:30 pm – 04:30 pm

Does the school provide snacks?
Juice, milk and water are provided along with nutritious, self-serve snacks.
My child suffers from a severe food allergy what is the school policy/protocol?
North Kildonan Montessori is a nut free environment. If your child suffers from a severe allergy such as peanut butter/nut allergies, please inform the office when registering your child so that we may post appropriate posters and inform other parents. Please ensure that the appropriate medication is on hand to deal with such an occurrence for the first day of school.

Do you require children to be potty trained?
Children must be potty trained to attend our school. To be considered potty trained children must demonstrate that they are able, on their own initiative, to go to the bathroom with little or no adult prompting or assistance. Our aim is to help children become independent in all aspects of their development, including managing their own basic needs. We are able and prepared to assist with an occasional accident and/or help a child get their clothing refastened. We also regularly remind children to remember to go the bathroom. However, chronic potty accidents detract from our ability to provide academic lessons to all of the children.

Do children take naps during school?
Naps are not included as a regular component since the preschool programs are 2 ½ hour programs. However, on an individual and occasional basis a child who is in need of a nap may rest on a mat in the office in the care of the office staff.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?
Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.

Is a 5 day program too much for my child?
Early childhood specialists all agree that young children thrive in a secure, consistent environment with a steady routine. Young children adjust very well to this schedule and bond most easily with their teachers and peers when they have several consecutive days in their new community. The steady rhythm of coming to their school helps create a very positive attitude towards “school” and their activities there. It also gives the children a strong feeling of belonging to a community that they help create, and of which they are valued and respected members. They also can count on seeing their friends on a regular basis.

With all the freedom, isn’t there confusion?
The concept of freedom in the classroom is a freedom with limits. A child is allowed to work freely so long as they do not disturb others. Actually, the children allowed the freedom to follow their interests are generally happy and busily involved in their work.
What happens when children transfer to other schools?
Montessori children tend to be socially comfortable. Because they have been encouraged to problem-solve and think independently Montessori children are also happy, confident and resourceful and settle quickly and easily into new schools once they have assimilated the different expectations and ground rules.