How does the Montessori method work?
In a Montessori classroom children learn at their own pace, using attractive materials that engage all of the senses. The multi-age classrooms encourage social interaction, and children learn respect for themselves, others, and their environment.


Do all Montessori schools follow the same curriculum?
Any school can use the name “Montessori,” but not all employ Montessori materials or follow traditional Montessori principles. At CDB, all our teachers are certified, Montessori-trained teachers, and the school is a full member of the American Montessori Society.


Is it true that Maria Montessori discouraged play? 
On the contrary, Maria Montessori believed that play is the “work” of the child. You will hear Montessori teachers refer to activities in the classroom as “work,” but we use the term out of respect for the child, who is engaged in the important task of self-creation. Through play children try on new roles: they imagine what might be instead of what is; they develop creativity as they combine old elements in new ways, and they learn problem-solving skills as they work through difficulties. They also begin to consider the needs and perspectives of others. What you will not find in our classrooms are conventional toys, because preschoolers with elaborate props actually make fewer imaginative responses. We believe that making a train out of cylinder blocks offers more opportunity for true play than having a toy train on the shelf!


What kinds of creative outlets will my child have at CDB?
Creativity and playfulness go hand in hand, and we strive to provide activities that will engage and excite all the senses. Each classroom has an art area for children to draw, color, and paint. Primary and Elementary children also receive weekly instruction in art, music, yoga, drama and creative movement.   Individual piano lessons are also available on site.


How do you handle discipline?
Avoiding the extremes of prizes and punishments, our goal is to help the child understand why a particular behavior is harmful by considering its impact on others. We encourage children to resolve their conflicts by talking and listening to each other.


Will a Montessori education make my child smarter?
Maria Montessori said, “It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.” Our ultimate goal is to help each child flourish as his or her unique personality emerges. There is growing evidence, however, that a Montessori education leads to greater social and academic success in later years.