Classroom Themes


Self-Directed Work

Large blocks of uninterrupted time for self-directed work

The morning work period, from 8:30 to 11:30 is especially important.  For older children, an afternoon work period is also a feature of his/her day.  It is critical that your child arrive at school in time to begin this period with the rest of his/her peers.


Teachers as Guides

highly trained faculty focus on child development

Successful Montessori teaching is based on detailed and ongoing observation of the children, both individually and as a group.  Once the school day begins, guides are immersed in the work of the classroom, which means they are not able to give parents or other visitors attention.  We support this element of the program by limiting interruption during the school day.  Guides are available after school for conferences or telephone conversations.


Consistent Routines and Environments

everything in its place

Children, especially those between two and five, are sensitive to routines and order. They respond  to consistency. An orderly classroom (everything in its place) fosters independence. Children can care for their environment and share responsibility for its maintenance. Daily jobs -- helping friends put on their coats, feeding classroom animals, and setting the table-- reinforce predictable patterns. As students learn the expectations, guides need to do very little “correcting."


Grace and Courtesy

Meticulous attention to Grace and Courtesy

We place a premium on children learning good manners and social graces. Students and guests at our school can expect to be greeted with cheerful “good mornings” and “good afternoons” during arrivals and departures.  Mealtimes are opportunities to practice table manners, conversation, and peaceful problem solving.