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Drummond Montessori School

1845 West Cortland
Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 534-4120


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our curriculum addresses all of these language arts standards in a very direct manner. We have a highly structured curriculum that centers around our students and their ever evolving ability levels.

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
  • moveable alphabets, sandpaper letters, nomenclature, recording notebooks
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • red rods, bead cabinet, tens board, teen board, hundred board, stamp game, snake game, spindles, sandpaper numerals, decanomial box, binomial cube, trinomial cube, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • All of our works are for hand manipulation skills and exploratory learning.
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
  • soon to be a garden.
Music more

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  • the bells as well as afternoon choral program.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • gallery space, several exhibits throughout the school year.
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Drummond has a particularly engaging French class that is taught through the French Academy.

From the Director:

Montessori curriculum includes all of the line items listed above. Our Early Childhood curriculum is bathed in print and in literature. Our students document their own learning by writing journals and books about discovery and learning and these books are shared with other students and with families

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Due to our three year multi-age classroom settings, our students have several opportunities to work with others that might be working at a greater clip then the average or if a student missed an aspect of their learning they can review with the younger child all the time.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Nearly 100 years ago, an Italian physician inspired the birth of a worldwide educational movement. Dr. Maria Montessori, one of Italy’s first female physicians, became interested in education while caring for mentally challenged children in a psychiatric clinic in Rome. There she combined sensory-rich environments and hands-on experiential techniques in the hopes of reaching children previously labeled “deficient and insane.” The experiment was a resounding success. Within two years, the children were able to pass Italy’s standardized public school tests. More importantly, Montessori’s innovative practices had elicited positive learning behaviors from children previously left behind by society.

In 1907, Montessori continued shaping her learning model by opening “A Children’s House” for pre-school children living in the slums of San Lorenzo. With her scientific background to guide her, she observed how young people learned best when engaged in purposeful activity rather than simply being fed information. She drew upon her clinical understanding of children’s cognitive growth and development in constructing an educational framework that would respect individuality and fulfill the needs of the “whole child.” Dr. Montessori’s pioneering work created a blueprint for nurturing all children –learning disabled to gifted—to become the self-motivated, independent and life-long learners that are the ultimate goal of today’s educational reform movement.

Since that time, Montessori’s philosophy, materials and practices have spread around the globe and have been implemented in a variety of cultural settings. Following Dr. Montessori’s death in 1952, the practice enjoyed a renaissance in America as parents sought new learning options for their children. In 1960, parent and teacher Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch founded the American Montessori Society (AMS) to meet an overwhelming public demand for more information on Montessori education.

Today, Dr. Montessori’s visionary ideas flourish as the cornerstone of a thriving educational practice. There are thousands of Montessori schools in the U.S. including hundreds of programs in public and charter schools, where the interest in enrollment often results in long waiting lists. However, because any school can call itself “Montessori” – there is no trademark on the name – AMS can only vouch for the authenticity of the programs as practiced in schools that are members of the Society.

As more and more schools incorporated core elements of her model—multi-age classrooms, early childhood education— Montessori became widely recognized as being ahead of her time. Remarkably, her visionary ideas remain viable concepts that have profoundly influenced the entire educational landscape."

-taken from the American Montessori Society website (

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our teachers and the director sponsor several opportunities through out the year to come to parent nights where we explain our curriculum in greater detail.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year