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Montessori Children's Centre

3 Yount Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704

(309) 663-8736


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Montessori Method was developed in the late 1800s by Maria Montessori, Italy's first female physician. Feeling that the young child had more potential for self-learning than most educators realized, she developed an alternative to traditional teaching methods which emphasizes specially trained teachers and uniquely designed learning materials and apparatus, designed to stimulate the pre-school age child. Dr. Montessori found that there are "sensitive periods" during which children acquire certain skills such as reading, writing, movement and coordination. She observed that once this sensitive period passed, a child would never again recapture the ability to absorb so much in so short a time
frame. Her primary goal was to help children develop a thirst for knowledge and
favorable attitudes toward learning. Recent support of Dr. Montessori's beliefs is contained in a publication by the Carnegie Corporation (September 1996). The article lauded the educational efforts of Montessori schools and cited recent findings showing that children learn easiest and best in the first few years of life, when the brain is growing fastest and making essential and permanent
inter-connections. These same tenets were professed by Dr. Montessori over a hundred years earlier."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 a.m. - Centre opens for the arrival of children
8 - 9:00 a.m. – Independent Montessori Work Time *
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Morning Line time
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Hand washing and morning snack
9:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Montessori pre-school *
(School time from 9:00 -11:30 a.m. consists of: morning rituals, calendar, eather, songs, daily lesson presentations, independent work time, clean-up, music.)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Hand washing, lunch, bathroom break
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. - Quiet reading and story time
12:45 - 2:45 p.m. - "Siesta" time or quiet rest time (DCFS requirement)
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. - Bathroom break, hand washing and afternoon snack
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. - Structured/Educational activities, self-selected activities and free play time (while waiting for parent arrival)
5:00 p.m. - Close of centre"
Excerpted from the preschool's website