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Thacher Montessori School

1425 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

(617) 361-2522


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori method emphasizes the use of didactic materials to enable the child to discover knowledge in their own way and at their own pace during a three-hour uninterrupted work cycle.

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
  • Didactic language materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Didactic math materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Sensorial development materials
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
  • Botany/zoology and biome classification materials
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing and rhythm activities
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Physical development materials
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Labelling these as 'play-based with some structure' does not aptly describe the Montessori environment, the zeal the child has for learning in a Montessori classroom, or the suitability of the Montessori method to a child's way of learning, according to most of the recent research on the human brain and how it develops.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori teachers (or 'guides') follow the child and adapt to each child's needs; in other words, each child is on his or her own path of discovery, and the role of the adult is to help guide the child along the path as rapidly or as slowly and carefully as each child might need. Our goal is to nurture the child's intellectual curiosity and love of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Thacher Montessori School uses the Montessori method of education to allow children from three to 14 to fulfill their potential as students and as human beings in a safe, caring, diverse, and academically stimulating environment. We seek to help each child develop independence, initiative, a lifelong love of learning, and a caring for the world community.

A Typical Day

When each child enters a Montessori classroom, he or she greets the guide and friends and then chooses to work with one of the many didactic materials in the classroom. This work cycle continues for three hours and allows the child to integrate his or her intellectual and social development as best fits the child's individual need. The guide will offer brief lessons to a child over the course of the morning that introduce the child to new didactic material.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide opportunities for parents to learn more about the Montessori method through parent education meetings, to meet with other families, to observe their child in the classroom, and gauge the progress of their child through written reports and oral conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide the new child with an orientation process to acclimate him or her to the guide, the classroom, and his or her classmates.