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Montessori Children's Community

3424 Maple Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513

(708) 485-9542


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We offer a primary program for children ages three to six, as well as Field Trips, Special Events, Art, Music, Cooking, Yoga, and Spanish lessons.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori approach to education for children 3-6 years of age provides a wide range of experiences to help each child’s development. The children are given the opportunity to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities at their own pace and rhythm, with the guidance of a trained adult

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teacher’s role in a Montessori environment is to teach and guide by providing the details of procedures and information so the child can practice and internalize these skills. A Montessori teacher prepares a well-organized classroom that is equipped with special materials that encourage freedom of movement and choice for all children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Community. Our Mission.

Montessori Children’s Community was founded out of profound respect for children and a devotion to educating children for a peaceful world. Our Community is committed to Montessori’s
approach to education and operates on the principle of freedom within limits, respect for one’s self, for others and for the environment.

Our “Whole Child” approach embraces each child’s individual progress toward concentration, inner-discipline and self-confidence by allowing each child to reach their full potential at their own
pace and level.

Our environment is filled with beautiful, carefully chosen materials that progress developmentally from concrete expressions of concepts to more abstract representations. The materials in the classroom represent a three year curriculum of work and they invite the child to explore and encourage the child to be creative.

Montessori Children’s Community admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

A Typical Day

Our typical daily schedule is spent as follows:
A long block of time is spent on individual or group work. There are periods of outdoor play where children have an opportunity to use their large motor skills. Snack time takes place during the morning work period and after the rest period. Large group activities may include, but not limited to, music, singing, story- telling, cultural
presentations, and birthday celebrations.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year