Frequently asked questions
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a holistic philosophy that starts with the assumption that each child is innately capable, intelligent and curious about the world around them. Rather than curtailing that interest through years of rote-learning and group instruction, Montessori children are encouraged to pursue their own interests, all while developing real-world foundational skills.
How does a Montessori classroom differ from a 'normal' classroom?
We encourage you to observe a Montessori classroom for yourself to see the difference! Unlike conventional classrooms, Montessori classrooms are bright and open, and filled with child-sized natural materials. The teacher (or Lead Guide) is there not as the centrepiece, but as a supporter in each child's individual progress.
Learning is never forced in the Montessori classroom - in our classrooms, children are given 'freedom within limits', which means they can work on any one of a wide range of activities within the classroom, concentrating on a project for long stretches of uninterrupted worktime.
How do I know a genuine Montessori education? What is 'Montesorta'?
Any school can call itself Montessori, even if its teaching practices are only Monte-sorta. There are two main accrediting bodies for Montessori education: AMI and AMS. You should always look for at least one of these two bodies when considering your child for enrollment.
Just as importantly - all Lead Guides should have a recognised credential from a Montessori outfit. At Lotti & Maxim, all of our Lead Guides have, or are under active training with, an AMI- or AMS-recognised Teacher Education Program.
When you visit a Montessori school - ask about credentials! Ask about accreditation! Most importantly - ask about the philosophy of the school, and ensure that it matches what you know about Maria Montessori's approach.
Who are Lotti and Maxim?
Lotti and Maxim are the children of Judit, the owner and founder of the school. As her children were the inspiration for the school itself, it seemed only appropriate to name the school after them.
How did Lotti & Maxim start?
How long does the admission process take?
We value each of our students, and so we like to take the time to ensure that all of our students will be successful at our school. Once you submit an application form, we'll schedule an in-school trial time for your child. After a successful trial, you'll submit the documentation required to legally enroll a child at a Hungarian school, and you and your child's Guide will set a mutually-suitable start date.
What ages do you accept? Which campus do I choose?
We currently accept children aged from 18 months through to 9 years.