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The Five-Day Montessori Program

The five-day Montessori Program is purposely structured around consistent and frequent interaction with the environment. Continuity is essential for a self-guided learning experience and for a secure sense of progression within the Montessori atmosphere. The children who attend a Montessori school five days are able to fulfill their social needs and stimulate their natural love for learning simply because they have all the time they need for both. A positive self-image is an important predictor of future success. We help children develop the self-esteem and confidence needed to face challenges and change with optimism and confidence. Clear communication and peaceful problem-solving skills are used at Montessori Children’s House.

Half Day 2 1/2-6 Years
8:30 am to 11:30 am

The Morning Class is the heart of the Montessori experience. Each group of children is a little community. The multi-age grouping of 3, 4 and 5 year olds creates opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. By developing a sense of responsibility for themselves and others, children grow in self-discipline and self-esteem.

The children engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities at their own pace and rhythm. Each child is unique with different interests, different abilities, and different needs. At Montessori Children’s House, we never lose sight of the individual needs of each child within the social setting of the entire group.

The multi-age grouping in the morning class fosters a caring and cooperative classroom. This important dimension of the classroom focuses on the whole child within the supportive setting of the social group. It allows each individual to grow in their social role and become a contributing member. Parents and teachers form a supportive community.

A rich variety of hands-on Montessori materials provide a concrete way to experience abstract concepts in the following curriculum areas:

  • Daily Living/Practical Life
  • Sensory Motor
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Nature and Science
  • Geography and Cultural Awareness
  • Creative Art
  • Music and Movement

Our large outdoor area invites nature study and exploration and we pride ourselves on our Edible Schoolyard and seasonal cooking program.

Children benefit most from consistent, daily attendance. Our morning class meets Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m., providing the cornerstone of authentic Montessori education.

Extended Day Kindergarten 5-6 Years
8:30 am to 2:30 pm

The three year preschool program culminates in our extended-day kindergarten class. Enrollment is typically offered to students who have completed two years in a Montessori classroom. Our five-year-olds meet daily from 11:45 to 2:30 for time with their peers. This class offers the kindergartener an opportunity for more individualized adult attention and to experience themselves as independent thinkers and learners, who can be leaders and role models for others. It is a time when five-year-olds move from one level of complexity to another and begin thinking more abstractly. Special activities include field trips, foreign language instruction, creative movement and music classes, art classes, gardening, and more.

Before & After School Care – 7:00 am until 5:00 pm (dependent on enrollment)

Every moment of the day is prepared with the Montessori philosophy in mind: treating the children with respect, offering freedom of choice and fostering autonomy. We practice and encourage mannerly and gracious social habits. We know that children learn best by doing. Montessori is the active pursuit of many different experiences: physical, emotional, and cognitive. Every element of the day is in keeping with these principles. Children experience the joy of living and learning and parents experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing their child is growing and developing in an atmosphere of caring and respect.

For information about our popular summer programs please visit the Community page

Third Year Testimonials

Hear what our parents say:

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