Southwest Montessori School teacher owned and operated since 1990
Q: What is the Montessori understanding of the nature of the child?

A: Dr. Montessori felt that her greatest discovery was that children like to work as well as play.  In fact, children have a natural drive to work in order to develop.  the child's greatest task is to create an adult.  As a result, children are not content unless they have an opportunity to develop and learn.

Q. What is Dr. Montessori's view of education?

A: Dr. Montessori felt that education should no longer consist only of imparting knowledge, but must instead take a new path seeking the release of human potentialities.  However, it must not be forgotten that, "If education is to be an aid to civilization, it cannot be carried out by emptying out the schools of knowledge, of character, of discipline, of social harmony, and above all of freedom."

Q: Isn't a Montessori school primarily concerned with intellectual development?

A: No.  We are interested in the child's total development - which, when accomplished, does equip him for intellectual development.

Q: Don't the children in a Montessori classroom miss out on social development?

A: Actually, they are in a more meaningful social situation than they are likely to find elsewhere.
In going about their daily activities in the classroom they meet and talk with each other, discuss common problems, correct each other's mistakes, answer questions, borrow and lend, and help each other in many ways

Q: What is the difference between a Montessori school and a nursery school?

A: This is really impossible to answer, because there are so many types of nursery schools.  Some are largely devoted to social development, or are merely babysitting services.  Others are interested in more aspects of the total development of the child.