"The concept of an education centered upon the care of the living being alters all previous ideas. Resting no longer on a Montessori curriculum, or a timetable, education must conform to the facts of human life."
-Dr. Maria Montessori

Educational Programs

Toddler Montessori Program

The Toddler Program fulfills the two-year-old's basic need for exploration, movement, independence, language acquisition, and self-esteem. The Toddler environment, under the direction of specially trained and caring teachers, encourages motor development and problem solving skills. The toddler student learns the necessary life skills to interact harmoniously with peers and adults.

Preprimary and Extended Day (Kindergarten) Montessori Program

The preprimary program is a three-year program for children aged three to six. Ideally, the child will enroll at age three and spend three years in the same classroom, with the same teacher. The preprimary classroom is prepared and filled with carefully chosen manipulative learning materials. Children, guided by the teacher, choose their work from among the beautifully arranged, self-correcting materials. Through working with the materials, the children grow toward self-discipline, order, and concentration. Dr. Montessori speaks of the "absorbent mind" as this period in a child's development when he or she exhibits a heightened capacity to absorb everything from the surrounding environment.

The third year of the preprimary program is referred to as the Extended Day (Kindergarten) year. Students are invited to stay beyond the morning session, for an extension of their working day. During this time, students are exposed to more in-depth exploration in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and cultural subjects.

Music, physical education, art, and Spanish are also integrated into the preprimary and Extended Day Program.

As required by our state operating license, all students enrolled in the preprimary Montessori programs must be completely toilet-trained. No diapers or pull-ups are allowed to be worn in the preprimary classroom at Montessori Childrens School. Our staff will assist a child who has had a toilet accident. However, in accordance with our license, we cannot retain a child who continues to have toilet accidents.


Elementary Montessori Program

The Elementary Program builds upon the goals and accomplishments of the preprimary program. This classroom environment reflects a new stage of development in children, offering to them materials that present the richness of all cultures and knowledge of human civilization. During the elementary years, children become more interested in knowing the "why" and the "how" of their world, having already learned the "what" in the preprimary years. Their interests now broaden to include the entire world, not just the world of their own family. While mathematics and language arts skills are enhanced and emphasized, these skills gain their full importance when they are used to research and study areas of interest and to share their findings with classroom peers. The Montessori curriculum is wide-ranging and open-ended. Students are guided and encouraged by the trained teacher to develop their own work plans for each week. Since the children at this age are naturally social beings, opportunities abound for working with peers on projects. Cooperation and self-reliance are stressed.

Enrichment Care Program (Before/After School)

The before and after school care program at Montessori Children's School is known as the Enrichment Care Programs (ECP). The ECP is designed to provide toilet-trained students enrolled in our school who are three years or older with a comfortable and caring Montessori environment before and after class time. Parents who foresee the need for the ECP must first register for the Montessori programs. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be made a week in advance. Billing for our Montessori programs like ECP is done on a monthly basis for times reserved during the preceding month. Credits are only given for snow days or other emergency closing days. Credits will not be given for absences or reserved times not used.

The Enrichment Care Montessori Programs may be reserved in the following time blocks:
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch)
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Time blocks are subject to change due to need. Contact Montessori Children's School for current prices.


28370 Bassett Road Westlake, Ohio 44145 phone: (440) 871-8773