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Montessori Pathways

133 Illinois St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4428

(815) 459-6727


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by her own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping her to perfect all her natural tools for learning, so that her ability will be at a maximum in future learning situation. The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a baby-sitting service nor a play school that prepares a child for traditional kindergarten. Rather, it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child sensitive years between three and six, when she can absorb information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the advantage of beginning her education without drudgery, boredom or discouragement. By pursuing her individual interest in a Montessori classroom, she gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to her becoming a truly educated person.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are big enough to be really interesting with a lot of diversity, but we are small enough that every child knows every teacher and every teacher knows every child.
It feels like family.

A Typical Day

6:45 - 08:30 Arrival; breakfast (if needed); general free play; table activities; story time
08:30 - 08:45 Clean up; bathroom; Half Day kids arrival
08:45 - 11:45 Morning work cycle
11:45 - 12:00 Bathroom; lunch preparation
12:00 - 12:30 Family style lunch
12:30 - 03:00 Kindergarten club
03:15 Half Day kids dismissal
03:00 - 03:30 Outside time (weather permitting) or organized group activities
03:30 - 03:45 Bathroom; snack preparation
03:45 - 04:00 Snack
04:00 - 05:15 Art projects; afternoon work cycle; structured group play
05:15 - 06:00 Outside time (weather permitting) or story time; group activities; dismissal

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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