Montessori Children’s House

St. Mary’s Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori curriculum is a rich, three-year curriculum for children aged 3-6, that focuses on Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematical, Language, Geography, and Science skills. Children learn in a self-paced, hands-on environment that is designed to meet their developmental needs.

Montessori Children’s House meets Monday through Friday as follows:

3 year old:  mornings, 7:50 AM – 11:00 AM

4 year old:  mornings, 7:50 AM – 11:00 AM or  full day, 7:50 AM – 2:15 PM

5 year old Kindergarten (five by 12/1 of current school year):  full day, 7:50 AM – 2:15 PM

kid experimenting

Practical Life

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What is “Montessori”?

Montessori is an innovative, child centered approach to education, developed a century ago by a physician ahead of her time.  Working with institutionalized and inner-city youngsters, Dr. Maria Montessori was struck by how avidly the children absorbed knowledge from their surroundings.

The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn.  Montessori teachers guide rather than instruct, linking each student with activities that meet his interests, needs, and developmental level.  The classroom is designed to allow movement and collaboration while promoting concentration and a sense of order.

Unique learning materials beckon from accessible shelves, inviting small hands to take on new challenges, one concept or skill at a time.  Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential, setting the foundation for becoming an engaged, competent, responsible and respectful citizen with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

  • Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways and accommodates all learning styles.

  • Students learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as read, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.

  • Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, independence, and the ability to educate one’s self and to think about what on is learning.

  • Students are part of a close caring community. The multi-age classroom, 3 – 6 year olds, re-creates a family structure.  Older students enjoy being role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence.  Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.

  • Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits, resulting in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.

  • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral party of the Montessori classroom approach.

Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners.

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Language & Reading

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Geography & Science

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Q: What makes St. Mary’s Fully Accredited Montessori Children’s House different from other Montessori programs in our area?

A:  St. Mary’s Montessori students and parents are part of our Preschool - Grade 8 St. Mary School family! St. Mary’s Montessori Children’s House is unique!  In addition to the rich Montessori curriculum they:

  • Receive instruction in Art, Music and Physical Education

  • Experience Catholic virtues and faith throughout the day

  • Have access to after school care at four years old

  •  Participate in:

    • School-wide service projects

    • Christmas and spring concerts

    • School assemblies

    • Share special time with 8th grade friends twice a month

    • Utilize our beautiful gymnasium and the school playground, which has equipment especially

      for 3 - 5 year olds

St. Mary's Montessori Kindergarteners (5 year olds):

  • learn to use Chromebooks

  • attend weekly Mass with church buddies

  • can participate in bowling, track, and swim team (if 5 years old on/before December 1st of the current school year)