Food was aplenty and parents were able to learn more about each other than being "child's mom/dad" and waving a polite hello at pickup and drop off.
Maria Montessori’s research was done before brain research provided us with the detailed knowledge we have today. Her approach and her work, however, are often called “brain science” because as a physician she understood that child development and child behavior were brain-driven. Her genius contributed the insight that the reverse is also true—that brain development is driven by behavior and environment, including learning methods.
Executive Function may be important to you the parent because your toddler or primary child is beginning to wrestle the dynamics of Executive Function—or because your elementary or adolescent child is in process of refining the skills of EF. Pediatric neuroscientist Lise Eliot tells us that these “frontal lobes engage in a different kind of intelligence from the ‘quickness’ or ‘cleverness’ assessed by IQ tests. They are responsible for the kind of judgment and flexible thinking better known as ‘wisdom.’”1 Are we talking about wisdom in a child under six? Indeed so, for wisdom is the collection of skills which confer insight for judgment and decision making, leading to self control and self mastery.
-Barbara Gordon Montessori School