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Green House Montessori School

3613 Green Brier Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2691

(734) 913-0021


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

Based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Montessori language materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori math materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori 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
  • Montessori materials
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Movement with music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Montessori materials
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Areas: life skills, sensorial, math, language/speech, writing, social studies, zoology, botany, art, story telling, poems, finger plays, fine arts, movement with music, gymnastics, Spanish, ESL, science, music/singing, Swiss treble recorder kindergarten students and much more.

From the Director:

The Montessori learning helps the child to become peaceful from within and focuses on developing independence, trust, respect, collaboration as well as the to instill love of learning. Parents education evenings: to help parents understand the Montessori approach.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

A teacher pays extra attention, takes extra time and works with the sensitive periods of the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide a quality, personalized learning experience in a nurturing environment.
To value the uniqueness of each child.
A positive self-esteem is basic to learning.
A prepared environment, where loving teachers work
in collaboration and cooperation with children,
positively affects lifelong learning.

A Typical Day

7.30 - 8.00 am before school care, 8.15 - 8.30 am arrival
8.30 - 9.00 am presentations, 9.00 - 10.30 am individual presentations, independent work, 10.30 story time, 10.45 - 11.30 am outside play/gym, 11.30 am dismissal 1/2 dayers
11.30 am lunch/recess 1.00 pm story / rest time, 1.30 - 3.00 pm group presentations/independent work, 3.00 outside play/movement, 3.30 p.m. dismissal, 3.30 - 6.00 after school care with special program. Spanish, movement, music, science, Swiss treble recorder Kdg. and much more!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

If necessary the teacher/program director communicates as much as possible with parents about their child. Parent education evenings give parents insight into the Montessori philosophy. Parents can consult the teacher/program director as often as needed. Parent observation can take place every day. P/T conferences/evaluations are once per year or if necessary as many times a parent wants. An written evaluation is given at the end of the academic year. Open house for newly enrolled children is usually in June before the next academic year. Teachers/assistants talk daily about a child's progress. Once a months all teachers and their assistants meet.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Most new children already come during our Summer Camp "A Summer To Grow On". Parents can stay as long as necessary. We usually recommend parents to come with the child before school starts. Extra staff is in the classrooms. Groups are mixed ages and most children have been here already one or two years and they are eager to return to school to meet their friends. They learned to respect their peers, so the environment it peaceful. New children start trusting the environment quickly and feel at home pretty soon.