Nashville and Davidson County SchoolsIntroducing the Children’s House of Nashville!

September 7, 2010by emilylowe0

Located in the heart of the Belmont/Woodmont area, the Children’s House of Nashville has been successfully educating students in the Montesorri method since 1973.

(This blog marks the first in an extended series spotlighting some of Davidson County’s best public and private schools.  Hope you enjoy!)

Introducing The Children’s House Of Nashville!

Maria Montesorri, one of the most influential educators of the past 150 years, stated that the biggest success we can have as teachers is when we have poured out so much to our students that we become transparent to them, allowing them to freely exercise independence and confidence: “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.”  Dr. Montesorri’s teaching methods have reached all around the globe, including here in Nashville, at our very own Children’s House.

Located in the heart of the Belmont/Woodmont area, the Children’s House of Nashville has been successfully educating students in the Montesorri method since 1973.  Designed specifically for Pre-K and Kindergarten-age students, the school is dedicated to nurturing children in finding joy in learning and experiencing the world around them through being surrounded and engaged in their diversity, instilling the value of respecting those around them early on in their development, and encouraging a life that seeks to continually learn.

As the above quote states, the program hinges upon students having an exercising independence early on in a safe environment.  Dr. Montesorri’s most important tenets for her method, as listed on the Children’s House website (, are the following beliefs:

– children are unique learners

– children will best reach their potential by having the freedom to interact in a classroom especially prepared for exploring concrete materials, under the careful guidance of a specially trained teacher.

With these precepts in mind, Montesorri’s method involves children engaging in very experiential, sensory-based learning.  Quoted from the American Montesorri Society’s website (, the most important aspects of the method itself are:

– The aim of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.

– Learning occurs in an inquiring, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self- and teacher-initiated experiences.

– Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn by manipulating materials and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.

– The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.

– Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.

– Teachers educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate to the age level they are teaching, who have the ability and dedication to put the key concepts into practice.

– A partnership with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development.

– A multi-aged, multi-graded, heterogeneous group of students.

– A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences, which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence.

– A schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted time to problem solve, to see the interdisciplinary connections of knowledge, and to create new ideas.

– A classroom atmosphere that encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development.

Montessori Tea Party!

If you are interested in learning more about the Children’s House of Nashville, you can reach them at any of the following contacts:

Phone: 615-298-5647

Fax: 615-385-3943


Address: 3404 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37215

Visit them on the web here at

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