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Half Day Early Preschool
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Mrs. Rafferty

Mrs. Sotelo

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Miss Williams

Mrs. Manek

Mrs. Narayan

Miss Springer

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3-6 year-old Morning Preschool
Teachers:Mrs. Wiggins

Mrs. Adams

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Teachers:Mrs. Kramer

Mrs. Miller

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Teachers:Mrs. Lusk

Mrs. Leffler

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3-6 year-old Afternoon Preschool
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Mrs. Sotelo

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3-6 year-old Full Day Preschool
Teachers:Mr. Bonnette

Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Kozitza

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Teachers:Mrs. Allen

Mrs. Sutton

Mrs. Sheldon

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Teachers:Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Miss Daniels


A Walk in the (Montessori) Woods
From Montessori Madness* by Trevor Eissler, and of course Maria Montessori

“A fundamental truth permeates Montessori’s work: children are desperate to learn.  Educators are not essential; it is the child’s natural drive to learn which is essential.

Maria Montessori designed the classroom experience to be modeled after a walk in the woods.  The prepared environment of the classroom mimics a nature walk.  She wanted the teacher to have the ‘spirit’ and the outlook of a scientist.  She felt the classroom should nurture “the instinct to move about, to pass from one discovery to another.” Moving about is part of the children’s “nature, and it must form a part of their education.”  In a Montessori class, the child literally gets up and goes about the room, discovering what it is that grabs his attention, as if he was walking on a trail through a forest.

The teacher is never sure precisely when the child’s exercise of his own will might lead to the joy of discovery and the progress of self-construction.  The excitement of discovery affects the quality of retention.”

*Montessori Madness! by Trevor Eissler
A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education







We have been walking through the woods literally and figuratively.  Montessori said, “give them the world.”  We started with all of the things in the world and sorted them into ‘living’ and ‘non-living’ categories.  We talked about what living things need, and sorted again into ‘plants’ and ‘animals’.  What is the difference between plants and animals? [A plant can make its own food within its body]

The animal group was then divided into ‘wild’ and ‘domestic’, studying the characteristics of each.  We have learned about many animals; squirrels, chipmunks, dogs, cats, bees, cows.  You might ask your child about these animals.  Which is wild?  Which is domestic?

Trees and the parts of the tree were recently presented along with an introduction to the North American Leaf Cabinet.  The apple tree work was popular.  Four varieties were sampled with a drop of golden honey to remind us how important bees are for the apple tree. Some children asked at the snack table if it was a golden delicious, macintosh, granny smith, or red delicious.  Oak, ginkgo and maple tree work is available for individual work as are all of our studies.  The class walked to the front yard to observe the beautiful changing colors of our maple tree.

The cultural shelf is full of fire safety work.  The story of Smokey the Bear is requested often.

‘The Needs of Children’ work is popular on the peace shelf.  Careful children can make the dog toy from Italy wag his tail or nod his head.

In closing, a quote from Maria Montessori:


Education is not something which the teacher does, but…a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.  It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment.  The teacher’s task is not to talk but to prepare and arrange…

-Maria Montessori
The Absorbent Mind



5-7 year-old Classroom
Teachers:Mrs. Kirby

Mrs. Reddy

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