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About Montessori

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.” Maria Montessori

Montessori is a method of education started by Italian physician Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. Today, Montessori schools are found throughout the world and may go through high-school. Although Children's House serves children 3 years old through the sixth grade, Montessori primary schools (preschools) are more common than Montessori schools for the upper levels. Montessori principles can easily be used at home as well as in schools.

But, to only define Montessori as a method of education doesn’t do it justice. The Montessori Method was developed through observation of the child, with the individualized needs of each child as a primary focus.

Montessori education is devoted to helping each child achieve his or her potential and develop a lifelong love of learning. An attractive and orderly prepared environment, unique learning materials, and special way of viewing and teaching the child are essential parts of Montessori education.

The teacher in a Montessori class acts as a source of guidance and gentle direction. Whether the child is ready to learn how to tie shoes, how to differentiate shades of color, how to read, or how to understand the decimal system, the child determines the major educational direction. While the children develop inner direction and discipline, the teacher provides freedom within limits.

Although acceleration of learning may occur with Montessori education, it’s a by-product rather than the goal. The goal is to provide carefully prepared conditions which foster love of learning, independence, self-discipline, and a joyous response to life. The manner in which subjects are taught is one which simply meets the child’s need for knowledge and self-development.


Primary classrooms are designed especially for the 3-6 year old child and the entire environment is created to facilitate their learning process. Maria Montessori observed that children learn by doing and wrote that the "hand was the instrument of the mind".

The Montessori curricula, techniques and materials satisfy the natural tendency for the primary child to learn by doing. Independence, coordination, order, self-discipline and concentration are developed. Children work individually and cooperatively with materials that pique their curiosity and enhance their experience.

The children are given lessons on materials but the emphasis is placed on the process rather than the product of learning. The aim is to develop a love of work and a joy of learning.

The Montessori primary program includes activities for practical life, refinement of the senses, language and mathematics. Geography, history, physical science, and life science are presented to the child through various language and manipulative activities. Movement, music and art are also a part of the day-to-day activities.


Montessori Elementary is a program that grows out of respect for the mind of a rapidly developing child. No longer content to have physical independence (achieved in the 3-6 age class), the child now strives for intellectual independence. This is a time of insatiable curiosity and excitement for learning.

Maria Montessori summed up the 6-9 classroom thusly: "The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why...the problem of cause and effect." It is now the job of the elementary teacher to provide the child with the materials and information to discover the interconnectedness of the universe.

An elementary Montessori classroom is a warm community: a multi-age, stimulating environment with highly trained teachers and materials that invite exploration and research. Children learn to face challenges with confidence, and begin to find their own place in the world around them.

Extended Day

Children's House Montessori offers an extended day option for pre-kindergarten students. Children that turn 4 years old on or before September 1st can extend their day by attending the afternoon class.

The extended day offers these students a curriculum that targets kindergarten readiness skills. Their extended day includes lunch time (lunch brought from home), quiet time and time to review or refine activities or skills necessary for their success in their kindergarten year


Enrichment programs are part of the daily activities at Children's House Montessori School. Music, dance, Spanish or sign language are regular offerings in the primary program. The elementary program may include these same opportunities but each year they will participate in karate classes and swimming lessons.

Enrichment programming supports the goals of CHM by enhancing our core curriculum and building a connection between academics and the visual and performing arts and health and wellness. It also provides an opportunity for students to build mastery beyond core academic subjects, deepening skills and interests with real world learning opportunitites.