Children’s House (Pre-K & K)

Introduction To Children’s House

Our Children’s House classrooms includes children 3-5 years old. Our classrooms are Prepared Environments that are organized in to five areas of work: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural. We have two classrooms the Maple Classroom (Lead Guide: Cheyenne Meyers) and the Redbud Classroom (Lead Guide: Sheetal Jayswal).

A Look At The Children’s House Work

You’ll often hear Montessorians talk about the work of the child rather than play. This is because, in Montessori, the play of a child is very much work for them. The concentration, curiosity, determination, and investigation that is all part of a child’s play are all cornerstones of a life long learner. Referring to the lessons and activities of the student as work is also a way to demonstrate our respect of the child and their learning process.

The materials and work available are designed to be enticing to the developmental levels present in the classroom. This increases the child’s focus, concentration and motivation while working.

The skills developed in each of the five areas of the classroom often overlap with each other. For example, the three finger grasp a student is taught to use while working with the cylinders will translate to pencil grasp and handwriting in language in math later in the students development.

Because each Montessori classroom has a three year continuum, guides are able to offer lessons at the pace of the child instead of providing lessons on a whole classroom schedule. Students progress at their own pace, which in turn keeps them engaged and motivated.

Practical Life

The practical life area is the foundation of a Montessori Primary education. It includes materials for self-care, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy. Children typically choose to return to this area over and over, building their independence and concentration.


Children use these lessons to develop their senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell. Mastering these lessons prepares children for the more abstract work in math, language, and cultural.


In following the Montessori Method, children get hands-on work which include sandpaper letters, metal insets, and the movable alphabet. Each lesson moves the child toward building, writing, and reading words.


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Montessori observed that children have a natural ability to absorb math concepts, such as geometry, at an early age. Our classrooms provide developmentally appropriate work to encourage a students intrinsic knowledge of numbers and how they function.


These lessons include developmentally appropriate works in science (botany and zoology), and socio- and physical geography.


“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education” ~Maria Montessori.

A Montessori classroom is much more than an outstanding academic education. Teaching our students about social justice, human rights, and equity prepares them to become global citizens. Through the work of the classroom students began to form a strong sense of who they are and what they want to contribute in life. They come to understand that conflict is an opportunity for growth.

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