Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Montessori is a method of education.
  2. In Montessori, the children choose their own work.
  3. Montessori isn’t religious, it isn’t just for gifted children and it isn’t just for the wealthy.
  4. Montessori happens in public and private schools all over the world.
  5. Montessori has mixed-age classrooms, hands-on materials and students learning at their own pace.
  6. Montessori is observation and evidence based.
  7. The best way to understand Montessori is to visit our school and see it in action.
  8. Montessori is education for peace.
In the Montessori classroom, the goal is to guide, nurture and support the development of the young child. This is accomplished by offering an environment that provides for children’s internal needs, to fulfill their highest potential and to develop stable, integrated personalities. These goals include the development of inner discipline, self-assurance and a preference for purposeful activity. This is what Dr. Montessori considered the normal state of the child. Some characteristics include the following:

  • Happy and healthy child
  • Love of learning
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Independence
  • Self-discipline
  • Sense of personal dignity
  • Self-motivation
  • Pleasure and fulfillment in work for its own sake
  • No need for rewards or punishment
  • Freedom of choice within limits
  • Enjoyment of repetition
  • Ability to work alone
  • Love of order
  • Joyful state

To be able to work with an intelligent purpose and with no interruptions are the basis of Montessori education. Classroom limits are put in place to help achieve a peaceful environment where the child can flourish. The teachers, called guides, give the children attractive presentations at the appropriate developmental time and guide the children to choose work by themselves, finish it completely, and put it away in order.

Children are encouraged to work independently, to respect their peers’ desire to work undisturbed and to complete their three hour work cycle thus emphasizing the importance we put on personal dignity and self-discipline. Children learn the ground rules and are comfortable and secure in our authentic Montessori environment.

We are the first Montessori School in the Wenatchee Valley to have an *AMI trained Montessori Teacher and Head of School. Our Montessori classroom nurtures the children’s curiosity by offering a variety of materials and lessons to stimulate and support your child on their journey of self-construction and in the development of the joy of life-long learning. Debora Abbott-Nuckolls is an *AMI trained teacher with a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Montessori education.

Today, in our 3rd decade we continue to offer North Central Washington *AMI Montessori education. We follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s original pedagogy, adhering to the principles of Association Montessori Internationale which have been proven successful around the world for over a century. We have graduated hundreds of successful, independent thinkers who have gone on to be successful in a variety of professions such as: a Naturopath, a Master Artisan that makes fine Cello’s, Teachers, Mothers and Fathers and various other occupations that are important for the sustaining of our planet.

About AMI
The term “Montessori” is not copyrighted and can be used freely by any school or childcare center. *AMI-The Association Montessori Internationale was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work and to ensure it would be perpetuated after her death. The AMI diploma is respected worldwide. It is the benchmark for quality, integrity and the authenticity of Montessori education. Dr. Montessori’s goal was to foster the full development of the human being. A Teacher Training Center that carries the AMI name is continuing the tradition of quality first established by Dr. Montessori, a tradition that incorporates standards based directly on Dr. Montessori’s work.

The Montessori approach to education is unique. Current research has established that children who attend authentic Montessori programs are well prepared for later life, academically, socially and emotionally.

Over 60 Years of Research Showing Success:
A longitudinal study of Milwaukee high school graduates showed that students who had attended Montessori preschool and elementary programs significantly outperformed a peer control group on math/science scores. “In essence,” the study found, “attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to eleven predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.”

— Kathryn Rindskopf Dohrmann, Ph.D., MPH, “Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program: A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools” (AMI/USA May, 2003)

Another study found significantly higher student motivation and socialization among adolescents in Montessori programs compared to traditional school environments. “There were strong differences suggesting that Montessori students were feeling more active, strong, excited, happy, relaxed, sociable, and proud while engaged in academic work. They were also enjoying themselves more, they were more interested in what they were doing, and they wanted to be doing academic work more than the traditional students.”

— Kevin Rathunde, Ph.D., “A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context,” The NAMTA Journal 28.3 (Summer 2003): pp. 12-52.

A comparison of Montessori students with students in other school programs found that 5-year-old Montessori students scored higher on both academic and behavioral tests than the control group. The study also found that 12-year-old Montessori students wrote more sophisticated and creative stories and showed a more highly developed sense of community and social skills than students in other programs.

— Angeline Lillard, Ph.D., “Evaluating Montessori Education,” Science 131:1893-94 (Sept. 29, 2006)

Montessori Materials:
Montessori Children’s School of Wenatchee, LLC has complete sets of the Montessori materials used to teach reading, writing, mathematics, geometry, art, geography, science, music, and the skills of practical life. Examples of a few of these materials are: The metal insets, Sandpaper Letters, Puzzle Maps, The Bells, The Red Rods, and The Dressing Frames. Each child has many opportunities for the development of their social skills as well. Ongoing lessons in grace and courtesy are an integral part of the daily routine. While other schools may use manipulatives, the Montessori manipulatives were scientifically designed and tested to help the child take abstract ideas and put them in a concrete form. These “materialized abstractions” help children understand and develop order in their minds.

Our Montessori classroom has children of varying ages so each child has the opportunity to be the youngest, middle and oldest in the school. All the children have the opportunity to teach and learn from each other. This helps them foster a sense of community and responsibility. Our lessons in, Grace and Courtesy, help children develop the life skills needed to be successful in all of the social situations they will encounter throughout their life. They also learn the need to have respect for all living things on earth. Read more about the importance of Grace and Courtesy by clicking on the following: www.michaelolaf.net Look for the newsletter, “Manners, Grace & Courtesy Newsletter”.

Montessori Children’s School of Wenatchee, LLC follows the research and findings of Dr. Maria Montessori and the guidelines of the Association Montessori International *(AMI). Dr. Montessori discovered that optimum learning occurred when children had an uninterrupted work period of three hours. Children attend five days a week because that is what Dr. Montessori found to be best for their developing minds and it aids in building a sense of community. The older children attend five days a week for a six hour day.
Montessori Children’s School of Wenatchee, LLC does not have a separate Kindergarten. The Primary Class is for children ages 2½-6. Five year olds are in the third year of a 3-year program and attend five days a week for the extended day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.


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