EARLY CHILDHOOD

We believe children learn best when they are free to choose their own activities. Our carefully structured classroom environments, prepared by knowledgeable and dedicated teachers, engage children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore hands-on. The result? Self-confidence, joy and a life-long love of learning.

Educating the Whole Child

It’s easy to focus on what your child needs to learn at this age. In Montessori, we believe it’s also how. Our goal is not just to educate students to score well on tests, but to become successful, creative, peaceful global citizens. While we continue to encourage self-directed exploration and practice grace and courtesy, an essential focus of the Early Childhood program is the development of independence through self-mastery. They’ll learn the academics students get in any pre-K program, but in Montessori, children are also practicing meta-skills like concentration, large and increasingly fine motor coordination, internalizing the discipline required to see a task through to completion, and experiencing the satisfaction of knowing for oneself – not by being praised by an adult or given stickers – that a job is well-done.

Area #1: Practical Life

Practical life includes four areas of concentration: gross and small motor movement, caring for oneself, caring for the environment, and developing grace and courtesy. The direct aims are to develop and support order, concentration, coordination, and independence in the young child. These areas of development are the foundation for Language and all cognitive work that is to follow.

Area #2: Sensorial

Young children learn about their environment through experiences and impressions which they have received through their sense organs. Maria Montessori recognized the need to organize and store these impressions through the training of the child’s sensory system. This order is the foundation for Mathematics and becomes the foundation for refinement of observation skills, discrimination, classification and intellectual growth that bridges the child into the other areas of the classroom.

Area #3: Mathematics

Maria Montessori’s concept of mathematics was not just based upon the idea of helping children gain knowledge in the conventional sense of learning numbers. She viewed mathematics as a way of thinking, of being able to order thoughts and information, to sequences events, and to analyze relationships. This manner of thinking forms the basis for logical reasoning that is necessary for developing the intellect, which she phrased as the “mathematical mind.”

Area #4: Language

A Montessori education aims a providing a whole language experience to further develop receptive and expressive language. The area is divided into six categories with activities for enriching vocabulary, making logical connections, writing, reading, developing creative writing skills, and understanding word function. Following the progression of concrete to abstract, writing is taught before reading which comes slowly through a series of exercises and never forced upon the child to preserve a lifelong love of reading.

Area #5: Culture

Cultural education is comprised of three main areas; geography, science, and history with a goal of helping the child relate to the universe and develop a feeling of interconnectedness to humanity and the natural world. By laying a foundation of awe and wonder for the world we live in, Montessori placed hope in these young children to become global citizens and the future caretakers and peacemakers of the earth.

“The instructions of the teacher consist then merely in a hint, a touch—enough to give a start to the child. The rest develops of itself.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Child-Centered (Not Teacher-Centered)

Unlike conventional classrooms, where all children are expected to pay attention to the teacher, our program does the opposite – Montessori teachers are trained to closely observe your child. You won’t see the teacher standing at the front of the classroom at a chalkboard, but rather sitting or kneeling down at your child’s level, engaged one-on-one or with a small group of children.

Our AMI & AMS certified teachers choose this career because of their love for children and dedication to Montessori. Their depth of training and knowledge is amplified by the joyful and deep relationship they develop with your child throughout their three years with them.

 The Gift of Choice

Music, art, Spanish, and physical education are part of the weekly curriculum. There are group activities in which the children sing, listen to a story, or watch a presentation on a scientific, historical, or cultural topic. They children are also encouraged to run, dig, explore, and play with friends outdoors.

The real learning, however, occurs through a broad range of concepts and activities introduced in individual and small group lessons, which your child is then able to choose independently to explore, repeat, and perfect. We call these materials on our shelves “works” because each one has a specific learning purpose.

 A Children’s House

Maria Montessori called her first school Casa dei Bambini, The Children’s House. Our Early Childhood Montessori classrooms are warm and inviting with large windows providing natural light and beauty. Each has a full complement of Montessori learning materials, a reading loft, a large patio with gardening space, a bathroom and access to the school playground. Our teachers put tremendous care and attention to detail into the classroom with low shelves, beautiful artwork, books and cultural items of interest to spark your child’s curiosity and stimulate the senses.

Full & Half-Day Programs

Our Full-Day Early Childhood classes, which include kindergarten, begin with arrival at 8:15 a.m. and end with dismissal from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. The full-day experience allows 3-6-year-old children extended, uninterrupted time to concentrate, explore and experience the Montessori environment.

The daily schedule offers a three-hour morning work cycle, lunch, time in the gym, the outdoor recess (weather permitting), community “rest time” with quiet activity and an additional afternoon work cycle with special projects relating to our curriculum.

Before and After School Care is available for children enrolled in this program.

Early Childhood Half-Day Program meets five half-days a week. The morning classes begin at 8:15 a.m. with dismissal at 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon classes begin at 12:30 p.m. with dismissal at 3:15 p.m.

What Parents Say

“Every child is different, learns at different paces and has different strengths. School shouldn’t be a ‘one size fits all,’ where children fall through the cracks…”

Off-Campus

Your child’s learning off-campus will include a range of activities from small group and one-on-one Zoom lessons to weekly lesson plans and at-home activity kits packed with projects you can do with your child and work they can do on their own.

Sample lesson plan with activities to do together and independently

Being a parent with a child at home can feel like you’re own your own. Is your child learning enough? Are they learning the right things?

You don’t have to do it alone.

Meet our team of highly-trained Early Childhood teachers who are experts in 3-6 year old child development who will partner with you.

Meet Our Teachers

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3013 S. Country Club Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098 

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3013 S. Country Club Rd

Woodstock, IL 60098

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