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We receive a large number of questions about our school from parents. The most frequent are answered below.
- What does AMI mean?
- Does my child have to speak English to attend RIMS?
- Can my child join RIMS from a different kindergarten or school?
- Do I need to be familiar with Montessori teaching theories?
- Is there anything I can do to give my child an easier start at RIMS?
- Why are no marks or grades given in Elementary School at RIMS?
- Is it possible to leave RIMS later to return to a traditional school?
To implement Maria Montessori's demanding pedagogical theories and allow your child to develop his or her full potential, it is essential to have teachers who are highly qualified both personally and professionally. RIMS therefore considers it of great importance that its educators have been trained to the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and continue to receive further training. AMI monitors the professional implementation of the concepts developed by Maria Montessori and thus provides a "seal of approval" for Montessori schools. As the term "Montessori" is not protected by law and parents cannot always easily discern how individual schools work in reality, the alignment with AMI standards as practiced by RIMS is an important aid for parents in selecting a school.
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No, this is not necessary. However, the younger the child is when he or she joins RIMS, the easier it will be to cope with the new language. By teaching in English and German we want to equip our students in the long term to communicate and work in both languages - an important prerequisite for their future careers.
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Yes, in principle. But independent learning is a skill that has to be acquired. The earlier a child comes into contact with the Montessori approach, the more naturally he or she will develop this skill. The switch from a state school with its directional approach and regular testing is therefore difficult for many children - and not infrequently their parents too. That is why we attach great importance to getting to know your child as well as possible during the registration process. Being open and honest with each other will help both you and us find out whether we can work together.
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Especially being a parent of a Casa- or Elementary School child the more you know about basic Montessori principles, the better you will be able to support your child and our team. Most of our parents have attended traditional schools and first have to convince themselves that a pedagogical approach apparently free of any compulsion can succeed. We offer a wide range of activities to help you find answers to your questions. You can observe your child's class, attend one of our many parent education events or use our list of publications to find out more about Montessori - you will discover that Maria Montessori was a woman with modern ideas that remain relevant today.
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The best way to help and provide caring support for your child is to trust him or her and the RIMS teachers. Each child is different and only your child knows when he or she is ready to get to grips with a particular topic or subject. This may put your patience to the test. But just as children learn to walk or talk on their own initiative, reading, writing and arithmetic will be learnt the same way - at the child's pace.
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The Montessori approach allows children to develop an inner, voluntary sense of discipline. Their actions are directed by their own appreciation of what is appropriate, and not by coercion. Constant emphasis on grades, assessment and comparison focuses attention on events imposed from outside. Anxiety, pressure to achieve good grades, competitiveness and dreary cramming for the next test all weaken the inner motivation that makes learning fun. This is why the RIMS approach is to give your child a written report twice a year describing his or her individual progress in detail.
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RIMS follows the official school curriculum of the state of Hessen. Our children are therefore well prepared academically and should have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed at state school. The learning and methodological skills fostered by a Montessori education also facilitate integration into the state school system. Children who have experienced a Montessori education welcome new experiences and opportunities to continue their learning. As they are used to mixed age groups, they are confident in their dealings with both children and adults. Their independence, positive work habits, problem-solving skills and the ability to cope with opposing views - all these help to make transition easier.