Montessori vs. Nursery School or Daycare
What’s the Difference between Montessori and Nursery School or Daycare?
Although there are many high quality daycare centers and nursery schools where creative daily programs are followed, most do not follow a single philosophy of child development as does Mount Lebanon Montessori School. The Montessori method is a complete integrated approach to childhood education based on a single individual’s life work. Dr. Montessori’s incredible insight and her scientific observations of children’s development have proven accurate many times over, all around the world. The “secret” lies in the way the children are respected, and the way their inner needs are met through a carefully prepared Montessori environment.
Differences Between Montessori and Daycare
- Montessori is an individualized program, geared to your child’s interests, using specially designed materials
- Daycare teaches concepts to the group, with no materials specifically designed to teach individually, or choice in what is learned
- Montessori teachers are taught to observe and follow the child
- Daycare workers work with the group as a whole
- Montessori fosters independence in children and children learn as they play and socialize on their own
- Daycares exist primarily to care for children all day, and the education of the individual child is not a priority
- Our Montessori Casa (3-6) Program is neither a babysitting service nor a play school to prepare your child for kindergarten. It is a unique program designed specifically for the 3 important years between 3 and 6.
Dr. Montessori wrote, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed. But not only his intelligence: the full totality of his psychic powers. At no other age has the child greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection.”