“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

Early Childhood

A Love of Learning

(3 – 6 years)

Three to Six Years

The Early Childhood program is truly a gift to your child. Designed for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years, it is an opportunity to nurture his individual development within the context of a group setting. The result? Self-confidence, joy and a lifelong love-for-learning. The on-campus program offers a carefully prepared Montessori environment where self-directed learning takes place under the guidance of supportive, observant teachers who are experts in child development. Purposeful activities are designed to sustain uninterrupted, focused learning opportunities for students.

The Gift Of Choice

Your child will be introduced to a broad range of concepts and activities in individual and small group lessons.

Music, art, and physical education are part of the weekly curriculum. Each week they receive Spanish class with a Spanish language instructor as well as a visit to our school library.

The real learning, however, occurs through independent activity by choosing to explore it, repeat it and perfect it.

A Deep Connection Between Teacher and Child

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 the three-year journey together. Our carefully structured classroom environments, prepared by knowledgeable and dedicated teachers, engage and motivate each student while promoting a life-long love of learning.

Child-Centered (Not Teacher-Centered)

Unlike conventional classrooms, where all children are expected to pay close attention to the teacher, our program does the opposite – the teacher is trained to closely observe your child’s interests, tendencies and needs. You won’t see the teacher standing at the front of the classroom at a chalkboard, but rather down at your child’s level, engaged with her or a small group.

“It’s been so wonderful to be able to send my children here for pre-school and watch them grow and blossom into their own unique selves….”

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Group Activities and Play

While most of the day is spent in self-directed work, there are also times for group activity and play. The teacher may gather a group for songs or to tell stories about a cultural, scientific or historical theme of interest. Ample time is also given to run, dig, explore and play with friends outdoors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Instead of a top down curriculum based upon age, the teacher is trained to respect your child’s unique potential and connects him with the lesson best suited at that precise moment of development. Your child will be challenged according to her ability, not to a generic standard.

Our Early Childhood Montessori classrooms are warm and inviting environments 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.

A Children’s House

The teacher works to perfect the environment in it, your child works to perfect him or herself. 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 his senses. The children respond by developing a sense of classroom ownership and a drive to care for it, further deepening the bonds of the community and their quest to learn.

Essential Skills for a Successful Life

The Early Childhood classroom is designed to help your child become his best self. Through “grace and courtesy” activities, we teach your child how to solve conflicts, how to act politely in social situations and how to be kind and helpful to friends.

Parents are always welcome to observe the Early Childhood classes through the one-way windows of the observation rooms. Contact us today for a tour of our school and come see these peaceful classrooms in action.

We offer Full-Day or Half-Day Programs five days a week

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, which includes kindergarten, 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.

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Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 S. Country Club Rd

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-0013