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City Montessori

275 Lake Dr E
Chanhassen, MN 55317

(952) 937-0063


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. The individual must do it themselves or they will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years she/he spends in the classroom because she/he is motivated from with in by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Thus, aim of the Montessori program is to help the child help themselves. It is the child's potential for self-education and inner discipline that is responsible for the successful results of this indirect and individual process of education.

It is a multi-sensory approach, offering strong sensory stimulants and therefore, it is not confined to verbal teaching. The child is always encouraged to discover their environment by touching. The materials the child uses are concrete at the beginning and thus help the child to organize and understand the multitude of impressions he or she had received and continues to receive. The main focus of the philosophy is the education of the child's whole personality. Through his or her involvement in real life activities, the child has the opportunity to develop emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually, and culturally.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
7:30-8:00 Children arrive - free play with puzzles and drawing and coloring items.
8:00-8:15 Washroom routine and dress up.
8:15-9:00 Outside play - in case of weather permitting. Otherwise activities will be performed inside.
9:00-9:30 Circle time.
9:30-11:30 Structured work session including morning snack.
11:30-12:00 Outside play.
12:00-12:15 Washroom routine and dress up.
12:15-12:45 Lunch and children who are leaving to go home (morning session)
12:45-1:45 Rest period and quiet activities. (The nap policy is to do maximum of 30 minutes to stay and do quiet activities.)
1:45-3: 00 Structured work session including snack.
3:00-3:30 Circle time.
3:30-4:30 Outside play.
4:30-5:00 Story time.
5:00-5:30 Free play.