What is unique about the Montessori approach to education?
The Montessori educational movement is concerned with the total development of the child/person from birth to maturity. The prepared environment provides the conditions and materials for the children to develop their potential spiritually, physically, intellectually, aesthetically, and socially. This self-directed and guided development helps the child to grow at his/her own pace.

What are the school hours of operation?
School is in session Monday through Friday, except for teachers’ in-service days and holidays. Class begins at 8:05am. The school day concludes at 12:00 noon for pre-k students under the age of 5 years and at 2:30pm for all other students. (Please note that the month a child reaches age 5, he/she will stay a full day of school.)

Is there before and after school care?
Before school care is offered in the event of a school delay. Students may be dropped off at 8:15am.

After school care is available to all primary and elementary students on days when school is in session unless otherwise noted.

Is transportation available to students?
Parents provide transportation to and from school for all pupils 2 to 4 years of age and for students living outside of Enfield, CT. The town of Enfield provides transportation for Enfield residents who are 5 years of age and older.

Is there a dress code?
Students in the Junior Classes are required to wear uniforms. Parents who have children in the Primary Classes may purchase uniforms if they so desire. On the days that students have physical education classes, gym uniforms should be worn. Gym uniforms may also be worn on scheduled early dismissal days. These uniforms may be purchased through Land's End. (A link to the Land's End website is located on our Student page.)

Is there a lunch program available?
Parents must provide lunches for their children. Please Note that the school is a Nut Free facility - there are many children with a peanut allergy so please remember to pack your child's lunch accordingly - Some alternatives to peanut butter are Sun Butter made from ground sunflower seeds and Soy Nut Butter - just make sure they are processed on equipment that doesn't process peanuts.

Are nursing services provided?
A school nurse from the Enfield public school system visits EMS once a week. The nurse maintains the health records, performs the appropriate screenings, administers medications according to Connecticut State Law, teaches about health issues and cares for children with school related illnesses and injuries.

Is physical education a part of the curriculum?
Physical fitness is an important component in education at EMS. Each level has weekly physical education classes. Parent volunteers direct the Primary Classes while a paid gym teacher directs the elementary level children.

Is art or music taught?
Art lessons and crafts are taught at all levels. Each teacher teaches music using the Montessori curriculum. The recorder is taught to students at the junior level.

Is computer technology part of the curriculum?
Each classroom is equipped with computers. The students utilize typing, word processing and tutorial applications as a part of their learning process. Computers with CD ROMs, and Internet connections are also provided under supervision.

How does my child complete a Montessori education at EMS?
The EMS program is structured so that it is completed when a child finishes sixth grade. Departures before the completion of the sixth grade means it is quite likely that your child will not have derived the full benefit of the EMS program.

What resources are recommended to learn more about the Montessori teaching method?
Recommended Reading:     

Montessori: The Science behind the Genius by Angeline S. Lillard, PhD

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work [Paperback] by E. M. Standing

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler (Jul 1, 2009)

Recommended YouTube Videos:

(Education for Peace)... beautiful!

(Description of Practical Life)

(Cylinder Blocks)

(What you get from a Montessori Education)

(Founders of Google)

(Sergei Brin Talks About his Montessori Beginnings)

Recommended Websites:
NAMTA website: http://www.montessori-namta.org/NAMTA/index.html

AMI website:  http://www.montessori-ami.org/


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