Beekman Newsletter


FAQ's about the Montessori Method

with Director Raizy Metzger


Chabad at Beekman-Sutton is home to the

East Side’s only Jewish-Montessori fusion

preschool program, Manhattan Jewish Montessori.

An exquisitely balanced hybrid of

play-based learning and Montessori curriculum,

infused with the warmth and joy of a

Jewish community experience, MJM truly offers

the best of all worlds to our children.

Q Isn’t Montessori non-Jewish?

A It’s not! Montessori is a cross-cultural approach

to education, with special focus on the

early childhood years. Based on theories of

childhood development tested over 100 years

in classrooms across the world, the Montessori

approach provides a strong foundation

in critical knowledge and the development of

an inner discipline and joy in learning.

In fact, the method was originally known as

Francetti-Montessori, for the Jewish family

who supported Dr. Maria Montessori’s early

work. In fascist Italy, the name Francetti was

removed and never replaced.

Adopted by many faith-based learning centers,

Montessori is one of the oldest, timetested

educational approaches in the world.

Did you know that Anne Frank, of blessed

memory, attended a Montessori school in

Amsterdam in the 1930’s?

Q Isn’t play-based learning more effective?

A Play-based learning is extremely authentic,

effective and long lasting. That’s why a

Montessori classroom gives children freedom

to play and learn—within a prepared

environment. Creating an environment with

playthings that are actually real-life, childsized

experiences (such as polishing silver,

pouring liquids) and meaningful learning

activities (such as rods and blocks designed

to teach number concepts) provides children

with maximum benefit to their time at school:

play experiences that teach them—without

imposing upon them—academic skills, life

skills and more.

Q What is the benefit of a Montessori

education at MJM?

A The world is changing rapidly, and no one

can tell exactly what knowledge or skills our

children will need to succeed. One thing we

do know: it is not factors like cognitive ability

or socioeconomic background that ensure

a child’s success in classrooms and in life:

It’s something that can best be described as

“grit”—an inner self-discipline that enables

one to organize oneself and succeed at any

given task.

The Montessori method, in which critical

skills like Concentration, Coordination, Order

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