Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I stop by for a tour without an appointment?
A: We ask that you please sign up for a tour on our website or speak with our Admissions Manager to schedule a time to visit our school.
Q: What are your classroom ratios?
A: We follow the DSS state guidelines for Virginia
Q: What is the advantage of the multi-age Classrooms?
A: Multi-age classrooms afford teachers the luxury of adapting the curriculum to the individual child. Each child can work at his or her own pace, while remaining in community with their peers. A three-year age span in the classroom allows children the opportunity to use a wide range of engaging materials that keep them challenged to learn. As the child’s interests change, the range of available materials allows the child to move from one level of complexity to another. Mixed ages allows the children to work with others who are older and younger than themselves. The older students serve as role models and tutors for the younger students, and in the process they gain confidence in their own abilities and self-esteem regarding their skill level and expertise. The younger ones watch the older ones, and in the process they gain a clear vision of what’s expected of them, and have the benefit of working with and learning from their peers as well as the teacher. The classroom community is a direct preparation for life in the family and in the workplace. Communicating and working well with others are important life skills.
Q: How do Montessori students transition into more traditional schools?
A: Our students have the wonderful experience of a smooth transition, whether they choose a public or private school. It is recommended that the transition points are at the completion of each three-year cycle. It is our hope that each student who joins us will complete their elementary cycle with Fiore. Happily, the habits and skills a child develops in a Montessori class last a lifetime and stand a child in good stead no matter where they go.
Q : If children are free to choose their own work, how do you ensure that they receive a well-rounded education?
A: Montessori children are free to choose within limits, and have only as much freedom as they can handle with appropriate responsibility. The teacher creates daily and weekly lesson plans and tracks every lesson for each child. She maintains detailed individualized records of each child’s progress. The teacher connects the child with the curriculum and then tracks their progress to ensure that every child masters their appropriate level and element of the curriculum.
Q: How does Montessori use computers/technology in the classroom and in the curriculum?
A: We do not introduce computers into the classroom until children reach our elementary program. Not because Montessori schools don’t believe in technology, but because the young child learns best through experience in the concrete, tactile reality of the three-dimensional world rather than through two-dimensional simulation of an electronic, virtual reality.
Q: Is Fiore nut free?
A: We closely monitor the food that comes in for lunch by reading all the labels (and re-reading), but there is no such thing as ‘NUT-FREE’ because of, among other things, cross contamination in our food production lines and in our homes. Therefore, to be technically correct, Fiore is a “NUT-AWARE” school.
Feel free to contact us with any other questions.