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The Montessori Childrens House of Wellesley

10 Waban St.
Wellesley, MA 02482

Phone:
(781) 235-9439

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Progressive Montessori preschool for children ages 2.9 - 6. A unique blend of time-honored Montessori and contemporary child development practices. 3-Day and 5-Day options.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

A warm, nurturing environment where the principals of Montessori education are practiced in an environment reflective of contemporary understandings of child development. Strong emphasis on creating a partnership with families through ongoing home-school communications including a weekly picture-filled newsletter.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The four primary curriculum areas are Practical Life Activities, Sensorial Exploration, Language and Math. Additional materials and lessons focus on geography (world continents), natural and physical sciences, world cultures, peace curriculum, art, music and yoga. Emphasis is placed on practicing kind, considerate and inclusive behaviors.

From the Director:

Children work with the materials at their own paces over a 2-3 year time period. Children learn in a mixed-age group reflecting a 3-year age spread. Learning occurs trough experiences with self-correcting materials (in much the same way that learning occurs in a children's discovery museum). Primarily experiential learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children work through the curriculum at their own paces.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To spark a lifelong joy of learning, a sense of community, and generosity of spirit.

A Typical Day

Older children (ages 4-5) arrive at 8:45 AM and spend 30 minutes outdoors. At 9:15 AM, the younger children (age 3) arrive as the older children gather indoors for their morning circle. The younger children spend 30 minutes outdoors before joining the other children indoors for snack and the formal Montessori work period. Younger children depart at 11:30 AM. Older children stay until 12:15 PM or 1:30 PM. Younger children may choose a 3-day schedule (T,W,Th), but most students (and all older children) attend 5-days a week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

To facilitate home-school communications, and to help parents and children have a dialog about what happens each day in school, we post a weekly newsletter (on a private, password protected site) filled with hundreds of pictures of the children at work. Parents and teachers communicate regularly and easily through email and phone, with a formal conference in November and as many other conferences or meetings as parents request.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children receive a picture-filled welcome letter two weeks before school begins each year. A "Drop-in" day is scheduled the week before school starts. On the first day of school, parents are invited to attend. Children's coat hooks are decorated with family pictures. Lots of hugs help especially sensitive children get over the hump!