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Oakbrook Montessori School

17 West 578 Morningside Drive
Villa Park, IL 60181

(630) 268-9439


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Oak Brook Montessori School was established in 1972 by Meher F. Ali, an elementary teacher who was seeking a better educational system for her own young children. She studied the Montessori method and started a preschool for 3-6 years old children based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Oak Brook Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Illinois Montessori Society. Our teachers are dedicated and experienced professionals with a wide variety of educational backgrounds including Montessori certification and Illinois State teaching degrees.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Schedule
Our daily schedule is described below.
Each morning, children work with the Practical Life Exercise, Sensorial, and Academic Montessori materials. In addition, nutritious snacks are served in the morning.
Children bring bag lunches. They eat better when they bring their favorite lunches from home. We encourage children to taste all foods and use pleasant mealtime manners and conversation. Children help prepare the table and clear their places after the meal.
Rest Periods
Rest periods are planned after lunch and are tailored to each child.
We host afternoon activities that range between self-motivated individual play to organized group play. Our afternoon focus on development of emotional stability and cooperation with other children and adults. Afternoon activities might include:
Dramatic play
Muscle coordination development activities
Art and creative expression
Quiet time
Exploration of science and nature
Story-telling time
Group games and stories
Baking and food experiences
Creative music appreciation
Outdoor play time
The daily program and activities we provide include:
Gross and Fine Motor Activities: Rolling over, climbing, running, jumping, grasping objects, crawling, walking etc.
Sensory Learning: Viewing colorful mobiles and decorations, handling different textures, smelling and tasting different nutritious foods, observing nature, etc.
Language Development: Listening to meaningful conversation and simple commands, talking with teachers about the day's events, associating words with objects, playing singing games, listening to stories and books etc.
Cognitive Knowledge: Exploring a Montessori environment with opportunities for problem solving, manipulating objects, and making things happen.
Self-Concept and Practical Life: Practicing self care such as washing, dressing, combing hair, etc.
Excerpted from the preschool's website