FAQs about Cascade FLS

Thank you for your interest in CASCADE Family Learning Services.  We have complied answers for questions families have had through the years.

What does Family Learning Services mean?

The community is a collective of families in learning, offering Montessori sessions as well as parent education on Montessori practices, thereby building peacefully educating Montessori families.

Is there an agency with whom you are coordinating?

There is no agency till the age of 14 years when children start preparing for Board exams. Students are guided to register for NIOS Board for 10th and 12th std exams as well as A level exams if they are keen to proceed with International Education.

What kinds of study materials are available at your centre?

Students get International Montessori presentations in a well-spaced beautiful environment from the ages 2 years to 12 years. Above 12, they have a variety of disciplines they can choose from and pursue studies beyond writing examinations. They are also frequently taken on field trips.

What ages does Montessori education serve?

There are more Montessori programs around the world from ages 0 to 3, all the way upto 18 years.

  • Infant & Toddler programs (ages 2 months to 3 years)
  • Casa program (ages 3 to 6 years)
  • Elementary (ages 6-12), and
  • Adolescent Erd Kinder (ages 12-18)
    exist which is essentially a farm school with rigorous academic study with life skills.

What kind of higher order thinking skills does Montessori education provide for?

Thinking skills are basically all we do. We speak about passages to abstraction, language for guiding a child from the most concrete to the most general. We ask the children to verbalize what they know. We have them work in groups so that they can negotiate with peers, this aiding their executive functions. Their projects and outdoor experiences help them gather “what if” and real-time understanding of applying whatever is learnt in the classroom.

Is there scientific research done on the studies in relation to neuroscience?

Several researches have happened over the last few decades on the benefits reaped by authentic Montessori education. Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard and Dr. Steve Hughes have published several scholarly articles on the subject with years of research in the field.

http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/the-neurology-of-montessori.html gives an overview about the neurology of Montessori education.

What about enabling the child to make cross connections across subject areas in learning?

This will occur the more the teacher guides the child to word problems in mathematics and to history questions, timelines, etc. Literature helps a lot as one can read with reference to flora and fauna in addition to geographical descriptions. Stories of people throughout the ages help children recognize that people think about all kinds of things and need various skills in order to explore.

Is your classroom inclusive?

We make sure we involve all the children. Teaching strategies are mindful of individual differences. Children get opportunities to repeat as they need and support from parents to come over during times of their choice after school to do follow up work. Children who need individualised attention are given guided support by parents collaborating with the teacher.

What are the deciding factors that will positively affect an admission and sustained stay in CFLS?

  • A stable family with one parent willing to invest time into CFLS as required.
  • Is interested to be with CASCADE as a long term commitment, of developing the network.
  • Both parents aligned to our principles and actively participate in all events and discussions.
  • Willingness to attend all study circles and learn good parenting practices, the Montessori way.
  • One parent willing to take the Montessori course after attending Study circles and prep courses with Vidya Shankar
  • Willingness to invest initial time to prime up the child’s independence, habits and routine as discussed with the guides
  • Has full faith in the child, the system, the guides and the founder, following every guidance point shared, with open respectful communication.
  • Previous Montessori classroom presence for older students.
  • Pursuing sports and art forms for the pleasure of it, with no external rewards and pushing for public performances.
  • Practices safe and natural diet for healthy living
  • Timely response to communication, especially related to fee payments, absences, and conferencing
  • Making incremental to large scale changes in lifestyle, as necessary to aid the child’s development in CASCADE.
  • Offers prayers and practices regularly as per their faith, at home, where the child also participates.
  • Has austere and simple living and congenial relationship with neighbours