Frequently Asked Questions


Why Montessori?

“Your child will learn most through her own activity. Try to give her experiences that will awaken all her senses: the more she can touch and see, hear and smell, the better” (Maria Montessori). Maria Montessori believed that only the real education that a person receives is from her/his own internal motivation and natural curiosity to learn. In a Montessori classroom the child has the opportunity to choose freely, therefore he/she feels the excitement of learning through his/her own motivation instead of being forced. Working in this way, children prepare themselves for future learning experiences. Acquiring knowledge in this way is a pleasant experience for the child. Children use all their senses to explore and absorb the environment that surrounds them.

Why Traditional?

After having had the wonderful experience of working with children between the ages of two and six years for fifteen years, under a traditional and Montessori school, I have reaffirmed the vital importance of these first six years in the child’s life. After years of studying and practice in both systems, I have been able to corroborate that without contradicting Maria Montessori’s bases and philosophy, we can count on a countless number of materials to enrich even more the children’s learning. We can utilize the richness of well selected texts for support and help, above all in the area of language and in teaching reading and writing. We also consider “homework” to be a valuable tool for the child to continue learning, as well as for him/her to develop working habits at home. All this is done thinking in forming children with character because a confident child is always ready to embrace challenges ( Maria Calleros, Program Director)
Why bilingual?

A child in the first six years of his/her life has a mind that functions very differently from an adult’s mind: It appears to absorb vast amounts of information without any effort on the part of the child. At birth the child cannot speak any language, yet by three he/she has formed the basis of his/her language and by six has command of a wide vocabulary. We know that provided a child has an opportunity to hear language in this period, he/she will learn not just one language but as many as he/she is exposed to. In many parts of the world children of six are fluent in as many as three different languages. Not only do they learn the vocabulary of each language, but they can also produce perfect sounds. No matter how long you took as an adult to learn a language you would never quite perfect the sounds in the way that a child can (Lawrence, 1998).
According to Dr. Glenn Doman (1963) children are more sensitive in learning a foreign language before the age of six. They have the incredible capacity of learning as many as five languages at one time, acquiring them naturally as their first language, with native-like pronunciation.

Learning a second language at an early age increases the neurological connections of the children’s brain augmenting their intelligence and their potential. It also equips them with better school performance, more creativity and higher reasoning and cognitive skills.

Why Spanish?

After Chinese, Spanish is the most spoken language on the world (358 Millions) (Victor HPI, 2008)

The United States (After Mexico and Spain) is the third country with the most Spanish speakers (Around 50 Million / 16.5% of its population) in the world (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007)
Why a multidisciplinary program?
The fundamental homework of education is to induce possibilities. We firmly believe in the high potential of the child and also know that the small children who learn diverse disciplines at the same time like: chess, gymnastics, music, languages, speech, develop more creativity and intelligence than the children that do not have these opportunities. Intelligence is the result of education. If our children receive a dynamic, enthusiastic, and loving education they will develop better.

                                                                           Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori
                                                                                                48945 Van Dyke Avenue Suite 10
                                                                                                      Shelby Township, MI 48317
                                                                                                                (586) 997-3008