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Chaska Montessori School

106 North Oak Street
Chaska, MN 55318

(952) 448-6460


Montessori preschool with kindergarten.

It's the best little Montessori school in Chaska!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are observed to see how they are doing and to assess what activities are appealing to them. Children are guided at their own level of development and offered activities that are multi-sensory for all learning modalities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Every child is in the process of self-construction. This is an active process and the child needs to have an positive and meaningful environment within which to explore, learn and develop. The Montessori philosophy of education addresses the needs of the whole child--physical, emotional and intellectual. At Chaska Montessori School we are fully engaged in supporting the life of the child.

A Typical Day

Children arrive at the Children's House, take care of their belongings and begin their day. They may choose activities carefully kept on attractive low wooden shelves and take them to a mat or child sized wooden table. There the child is allowed to work on his or her chosen activitiy for as long as the child wishes. When the interest wanes or the activity is complete the child returns the activity to its place on the shelf. Children are invited to lessons on new activities either alone or with a small group. There will be lessons on grace and courtesy, how to care for oneself and the environment, how to count, how to listen for sounds in words, how to form letters and a wide range of other focuses. Children's independence is fostered and supported, and their work cycle is respected. We come together for stories, music and art work. A nutritious snack and lunch are served. Breakfast is served to early arrivals, and a late afternoon snack is served to those who stay. We have time in the outdoors each day. The shaded fenced back yard provides lots of room to play and exercise in fun ways. We sometimes take nature walks in the neighborhood, or ride our "bikes" around the block. We like to visit the nearby assisted living facility and join in art projects with the residents in inter-generational visits.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I meet with parents briefly when they arrive or pick-up children. I write a newsletter. We are scheduling Montessori for Parents evenings to discuss the curriculum and philosophy. We have had an Open House. There are parent/teacher meetings to go over the child's progress, and a written summary of the child's activities.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children with separation anxiety are handled with extra care. We stay close to them, helping them feel secure and let them know with words and gestures they will be well taken care of at school. We encourage parents to have a brief goodbye and leave, even though their child may be very upset. We want the parent to be able to genuinely communicate and convey to the child that they trust the place where they have left their child (school) and look forward to being reunited at the end of the day. We acknowledge children's feelings and do not use placation but rather factual information in a reassuring tone. We let parents know how the day went and keep the lines of communication open to help both the parent and child get used to the routine.