#1. Will your child hear “Don’t touch that!” from facilitators? No. Children from 0 to 5 mainly are in a sensitive period, exploring everything reachable with their hands. We created safe spaces that are child-size and everything they see in our House, they are allowed to touch, as it is an appropriate prepared environment for them.

#2. He will listen and have access to the English language & others much more than Spanish throughout his time in Our House. From 3 months to 6 years they develop they sensory period for language. And they are highly fascinated in the human voice, in imitating sounds. Research shows that children in this age range are best suited to learn the patterns of language development enabling them to master a second language to the same level as native language (we watch out for possible dyslexia). However, once children reach age 8, their language learning proficiency decreases, and second languages are not spoken as well as native ones.

#3 We promote quiet spaces and movement areas to allow the natural development of concentration. Facilitators in La Magnolia slow down to their pace and allows the child to develop their ability to focus attention.

# 4 Rain boots, raincoat, and any proper attire for all weather is a must. Being barefooted is also permitted (with parents’ consent).

#5 There is a routine in a whole. Our setting is free of changes in layout, so the child knows the order and this diminishes the potential for distress or anxiety in the child, bringing him safety and comfort.

#6 There is no “Toilet Time for a group”. Children can choose to use the toilet when they feel the need, and they decide if they want the facilitator to accompany them.

#7 There is no Television to “calm them down”. This is a 100% screen free House. Facilitators promote a practice with the child of focus and self-control, very important executive functions skills, which will eventually lead to learning how to wind down naturally.

#8 We focus on what a child Can do and not on whether they are achieving the conventional developmental milestones.

#9 Children come with their unique attire that lets them be comfortable for messy play and physical movement.

#10 We use several disciplinary techniques, which help children to internalize rules and become self-directed in their behavior. These include giving choices, problem solving, natural and logical consequences, ignoring, redirecting, and “cooling off” periods. Our first choice will always be spending time at our “Peace Area.”

#11 We only call the child by their name and never use negative or positive adjectives.

#12 Children are encouraged to question & discuss, and facilitators here will respect their questions and treat each question as valuable.

#13 When parents are living separately, we refuse to become involved in disagreements you may have. We consider both parents important to the child’s school experience and avoid expressing any alliance with either parent over the other.

#14 We request that parents do not spank their children in the center. We work with children to help them find alternatives to responding physically in stressful situations and strive to make Our House a safe place where hitting and other aggressive expressions are not acceptable. It is confusing to children to see that there are exceptions to the rules in school.

#15 Staff members are not trained to diagnose special needs. We instead attempt to point out to parents any variance from the norm and recommend further assessment, appropriate programs, activities or other helpful information if parents desire.

#16 La Magnolia Montessori Children’s House admits children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to children at the center. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its education, policies and programs.

#17 We foster healthy eating habits at Our House. All chips, candy, sugary, salty & fatty snacks or drinks, soda, sweetened fruit juice, and other edibles & packaged foods such as these must be kept at home.

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