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Buffalo Grove Montessori School

950 Ellen Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

(847) 541-8111


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is to provide education/care in keeping with the Montessori philosophy of ‘follow the child’. As educators we observe each child and ascertain needs. We then create an environment and atmosphere that will nurture the child. The environment is prepared to interest your child and meet ever changing developmental needs. Independence, concentration and joyful learning are valued. We facilitate, encourage and empower the children through experiences that will lead to positive fulfillment of personal potential.
BGMS Inc. is a community sharing values, goals, methods and philosophies regarding child development and care. We adhere to Maria Montessori’s philosophy of "education for life". We believe the Montessori Method is key to encouraging optimal growth and development. Because shared goals are critical to our partnership, your participation in parent education programs and family activities are necessary."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day


7:00 - 7:30 AM Greet children & parents
7:30 - 8:00 AM Children work with blocks, puppets, books, and gross motor activities.
8:00 - 8:30 AM Art project (group or individual). Children settle into activities. (practical life, water, sensorial, language, & science).
8:30 - 9:15 AM Morning snack, children continue to work in the classroom.
9:15 - 10:30 AM Outside play - Children also experience materials outside (Easel, water, coloring, painting, sandbox). We generally try to go for a walk on a daily basis.
10:30 - 11:15 AM Work time - The children practice with materials to build concentration, self esteem, muscle control, eye-hand coordination & self help skills.
11:15 - 11:30 AM Line time - We sing songs, finger plays, gross motor skills, conversation, and games.
11:30 - 12:00 PM Lunch - Eating skills, grace & courtesy and practicing self service. This is a wonderful time for communication between children and teachers.
12:00 - 12:30 PM Nap time preparation - This is time for movement, games, books, songs, or flannel board.
12:30 - 2:30 PM Nap time, diaper changes & potty.
As children wake up quiet activities are chosen.
2:30 - 3:00 PM Afternoon snack
3:00 - 4:30 PM Outside play or group activities
4:30 - 6:00 PM Children continue to explore materials in the classroom. Dancing, art, movement, games & parachute.
Greet parents, say goodbye to children.
Excerpted from the preschool's website