Is Cabot Montessori School the right choice for my child?

Visiting our school is an essential step in deciding if our school is a good fit for your child and family. We typically schedule visits for times when the children are working on their lessons between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM and then at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We avoid visits during the naptime hours of 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

Please allow for at least half an hour for your visit. You will be able to observe the classroom, ask questions and your child will have the opportunity to explore the environment.

We have found the book, Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, to be an excellent resource for parents of prospective students and current students alike. Author Maren Schmidt says this about her parental guide to the Montessori approach:

What is Montessori? And what isn't Montessori?

Those were my two big questions when I was a young mother trying to figure it all out.

After over twenty-five years of working with children and their families, I decided to write a book to answer parents' questions about Montessori education.

This book, Understanding Montessori, is for parents. It's not meant to be a comprehensive study of Montessori education geared for teachers and administrators or a scholarly footnoted work, though I hope teachers and administrators will find the book helpful. This book expresses my understanding and experience of using Montessori principles for over twenty-five years. Others may have different experiences and perceptions. I share what worked for me.

Parents are on the front lines of life, rearing children to become adults, taking care of their own parents, building careers, contributing to society through their work, and much more. The information in this book is my way of helping parents make informed decisions when time is in short supply.

My goal for this book, and my newsletter, is to help parents have a clear and concise resource for understanding Montessori educational principles and for finding a school situation, Montessori or not, that meets their family's needs for the short and long-term.

Authentic Montessori education is the most powerful way for children to learn.

Education, therefore, of little ones is important, especially from three to six years of age, because this is the embryonic period for the formation of character and of society.

Maria Montessori