The Child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope... hope for peace in the future.

FAQ

What is Good Neighbor Montessori’s Philosophy?

GNM is dedicated to providing an atmosphere in which children can develop at their own pace in a happy environment of love, creativity and intellectual stimulation.  GNM follows an Evolved Montessori, where the teacher follows the child throughout their day and the child has the freedom of movement within the classrooms according to his/her areas of interest.

How do you Teach Social Skills?

Most importantly, setting examples by the parents and staff is the most effective way of teaching social skills. GNM further emphasizes the social skills by frequent reviews during the circle time and doing role-plays.

GNM also teaches the Virtue Project, emphasizing on concepts of “Grace and Courtesy.” The “Virtue Project” is a global initiative that inspires the practice of virtues in everyday life. These are virtues such as Respect, Cooperation, Responsibility, Generosity, Fairness, Kindness, Patience, Honesty, Excellence and more. On the first Monday of each month, the teacher discuss with the children one of the selected Virtues and continuously review them throughout the month. The children further practice these virtues by doing artwork and reading related books.

At what age can a child begin coming to Good Neighbor Montessori?

Good Neighbor Montessori serves children from two through six years of age. 

What is your admission procedure?

Admissions are based on space availability. GNM will   have both the child and parent visit our school for a short time to determine if the school is an appropriate environment for the child.  At the time of admission, age and gender may be considered to ensure a balanced class.

What is your School Calendar?

Good Neighbor Montessori’s school year follows the local school district’s calendar.

We are closed for National holidays, winter and spring breaks.

What is Good Neighbor Montessori’s discipline policy?

Our school rules or manners are simple and are designed to protect the safety and welfare of the children, staff and environment.  We do not punish children. Instead we allow children to experience the natural consequences of inappropriate behavior at school. We work on conflict resolution by guiding the children to use words to express feelings. Our discipline method is supportive, protective and instructive. 

What is your potty-training process?

The potty training process will begin upon notification from either the parents or the staff that the child is ready. We dedicate a month to the potty-training process, while the school and the parents will work on this process congruently till the child is successfully potty trained. 

What is the teacher to child ratio?

We keep the ratio of one teacher per eight or less children.

Does my child need to take a nap?

Naps are optional at the parent and child’s request.

My child is allergic to nuts. What are the Good Neighbor Montessori’s policies regarding this issue?

Good Neighbor Montessori is a Nut Free school. We enforce this policy strictly. 

Does Good Neighbor Montessori provide lunch or snacks for our child?

No, we do not provide lunch. Parents pack their child’s lunch daily. The staff can heat up the part of lunch that needs it. However, parents sign up once a month to provide an Organic, Nut, Sesame Free, and healthy snack for all the children in the classroom. Snacks are then available for the children throughout the day.