ABOUT THE FINANCIAL POLICIES

Why are tuition fees charged at Montessori schools higher than other schools?

  • The operational costs to run Montessori classes are normally higher than traditional classes due to  training sessions organized for the faculty to acquire Montessori certification and more expensive materials and furnishings.
  • The tuition fees for studying at Sakura Montessori are dependent upon different factors such as property rentals, staff’s remuneration, curriculum, campus size, etc.

Does the school raise tuition fees on an annual basis?

  •  The school raises tuition fees on an annual basis without exceeding 10%.
  • The school will notify parents of the tuition increases at least three months prior to the official date of adjustment.

Does the school refund tuition fees if students are absent from school?

  • The fees will be refundable if the student takes a long leave (from two weeks to one month on end).
  •  During the temporary absence, the student is entitled to a 50-percent refund of tuition fees. The reserved fees will be deducted from the ensuing term’s invoice when the student returns to school.

Are there any discount programs offered at the school?

  • The school offers a 3-8% discount of tuition fees for parents who complete payment of more than two terms at one time. This discount program is only applicable when all of the fees are settled in accordance with the school’s financial policies.
  •  The school also offers a 10% discount of tuition fees for parents enrolling their second child whose sibling is currently attending a campus under the SMIS System or The Dewey Schools. Should you wish to enroll more than three children, please contact the school for more information. 

Why do parents have to pay full tuition fees in July albeit a two-week summer break?

 The school runs its operations in consideration of an academic year-based budget that is  allocated monthly. For fee calculations, the school excludes public holiday days from the payable tuition fees, which allows the school to simultaneously secure full salaries for its employees during the break. Therefore, the school doesn’t offer a refund for the two-week summer break. 

Register now for more information on Sakura Montessori’s financial policies: https://sakuramontessori.edu.vn/hoc-phi/

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 ABOUT NUTRITION AND CHILDCARE

 Does the school have its own kitchen? How are food sources controlled?

The school has its own kitchen facilities:

  • Cooking area of SMIS: 250 m2. The SMIS System has its foods provided by reliable and food safety-certified suppliers.
  • Poultry: Japanese EMRO-certified (Effective Microorganism Research Organization), provided by Giang Nam Farm (Bac Ninh).
  • Livestock meat: provided by Revofood Company (Hung Yen)
  • Vegetables: provided by Hoa Vien – Rau Dai Ngan Farm, Tomita Profarm (Hanoi), etc.
  • Japanese-standardized chicken eggs – Tamago 
  • Fish/seafood: natural and high-quality, provided by Khanh Phu Quoc Seafood Company.
  • Condiments: Russian organic sunflower oil, Thuyen Nan fish sauce, palm sugar, etc.
  • Imported Oldenburger milk, Vinamilk yogurt, Yakult milk
  • Regional fruits: provided by large suppliers in Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan, etc.

How are the diet and nutrition different between the 0-3 age group and the 3-6 age group?

  • Both age groups are offered 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack) per day.
  • At least 3 meals per week are served with yogurt and 3 meals are served with fresh milk, fruit juices, or smoothies, etc
  • Fruits as desserts are included in the daily menus for children. 
  • The menus for the 0-3 age group incorporate either congee or rice depending on parents’ choices.
  • The school uses organic and natural foods as ingredients for the children’s meals. In the interests of nutritional quality, the menus are formulated in line with the nutritional benchmarks stipulated by the Ministry of Education and Training as well as the advice of Japanese nutrition experts.

How are children aged 0 to 2 guided through toilet-training?

The teachers set a toileting routine for children, usually 20 to 30 minutes for every toileting, to gradually form the habit. In addition, the teachers of their own accord are proactive in reminding the children as it’s still difficult at their age to actively use the toilet and many are unable to verbalize when they need to use the toilet.  

For more details on a menu sample at Sakura Montessori: https://sakuramontessori.edu.vn/dinh-duong-truong-hoc/


ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

What is the Montessori method?

  • It is an educational method based upon the studies and experience of the Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). The method is based upon a special educational trajectory incorporating learning through the senses.
  • The method highlights the child-centered approach. Children are offered a carefully-crafted environment furnished with specially designed hands-on materials and are guided by qualified and competent faculty.
  • Multi-age classrooms (ranging from 15 months to 2.5 years old and 2.5 to 6 years old).
  • Children are free to choose the activities that meet their interests and developmental needs.
  • Teachers observe and adjust to each child’s capabilities, ultimately unlocking their innate potential

How does the Montessori method benefit the child?

  • Fosters children’s fundamental cognitive, emotional, social, and artistic skills, as well as physical development through engaging lessons and activities.
  • Shapes each child’s independence, self-discipline, concentration, and sharp observation of their surroundings.
  • Allows children to seek and garner skills and knowledge appropriate to their ability level, ultimately arousing each child’s inborn desire to learn.
  • Promotes each child’s confidence, critical thinking, and creativity.
  • Harnesses each child’s perseverance and commitment to their chosen work.
  • Facilitates each child to form unprejudiced and independent opinions, make judgements, and improve their problem-solving skills.
  • Infuses a sense of paying heed to their community such as mutual helping and sharing.

How does the Montessori curriculum for children aged 15 months to 2.5 years old proceed?

Children learn and do activities in line with the following areas:

  • Practical life: aims at shaping children’s independence through the four skills of eating, sleeping, clothes changing, and toileting. Children learn how to take care of themselves and attend to their surroundings by watering plants, cleaning leaves, etc. Alongside these, they also experiment with materials dedicated to supporting fine and gross motor skills, which will serve as the building blocks for later academic activities.
  • Sensorial work: the self-correcting materials have been meticulously designed to help children experience the stimulation they receive through their distinctive senses, namely sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
  • Language: children are motivated to produce natural speech through interactions and hands-on materials. They enrich their vocabulary by associating relevant language with real-life objects or such activities as music, poetry recitations, and storytelling.
  • Motor skills: balancing skills, strengthening muscles in arms and legs, honing flexibility and dexterity, movement coordination.
  • Play productions: children impersonate real-life characters such as parents, siblings, doctors, etc. in order for them to harness their social communication skills and adjust their emotions to the roles. Children are also given the chance to deploy and practice such life skills as putting on clothes or footwear, etc.

How does the Montessori curriculum for children aged 2.5-6 years old proceed?

  • Practical life: it is essential for children to learn plenty of life skills for shaping their independence. Respecting each child’s desire to do things for themselves is accentuated in the Montessori method. The practical life materials aim at promoting:
    • Social interaction skills
    • Control and coordination of movements
    • Implementation of basic activities
    • Self-care skills
    • Attention to one’s surroundings
  • Sensorial work: the self-correcting materials have been meticulously designed to help children experience the stimulation they receive through their distinctive senses, namely sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
  • Mathematics: Children gain a grasp of mathematical symbols and concepts of quantity through varied mathematical materials. Through exposure to the mathematical materials, children form their reasoning and critical thinking skills, and are cognizant of a process through repeated actions 
  • Language: Materials dedicated to the linguistic area are properly sequenced to follow each child’s natural developmental progression.
    • Verbal language: Enriching vocabulary and verbal experiences.
    • Written language: Introducing children to single sounds and equipping them with the skill of holding a pencil.
    • Reading: Introducing children to single sounds, digraphs, and lexical functions.
  • Culture: Science, Geography, and History.

The culture lessons expose children to the physical properties and lively models that stimulate their passion and inspire them to explore science and investigate their surroundings.

  • Science: Children develop a keen passion for science as they are free to work with the engaging hands-on materials focusing on plants, animals, and the universe.
  • Geography: Children explore and identify the shapes, characteristics, locations, and names of the continents, and land and water forms; the knowledge is easily absorbed by children through lively materials.
    • Distinguish between their left and right hands, recognize directions, and identify the land, air, and water.
    • Investigate maps
    • Identify land and water forms
  • History: Experimenting with time-related materials, children explore the link between the concepts of history and time.
    • Concept of time
    • Use of time
    • Prehistoric period and timeline
    • History and the demands of humanity
  • Music: It is well-known that children constantly pay attention to their surroundings. They view and experience life in various ways. Musical games, dances, and songs are necessary to aid children in realizing their innate potential.
  • Art: Children hone their fine motor skills and the deftness of their hands, and have the freedom to harness their artistic creativity along the way through personal works.
  • Motor skills: Balancing skills
    • Strengthening muscles in arms and legs
    • Honing flexibility and dexterity
    • Movement coordination

Can children adjust themselves to the learning environment offered at private or traditional schools after their graduation from a Montessori-modelled institution? 

  • Children graduating from a Montessori school will encounter no struggles when transitioning to a traditional school. Some might find it uninteresting while others might not understand why everyone in a classroom is doing the same thing. However, almost all children will quickly acclimate themselves to the new environment to make friends and succeed. 
  • In fact, many students who have graduated from Sakura Montessori are attending international, bilingual, gifted, or public schools. Sakura Montessori has been receiving positive feedback on their academic performances at primary schools.

 


 

 

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