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Clay-Platte Montessori School

5901 NW Waukomis Drive
Kansas City, MO 64151

(816) 741-6940


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori
Time & space more

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

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  • Musical instruments
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
Other subjects taught Montessori didactic material in daily living skills, sensorial, language, and mathematics, as well as zoology, botany, physical science, geography, history, physiology, music, art, foreign language, computer and physical education.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Working with a child at his or her own, individual pace is basic to Montessori education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"It is our goal to provide an environment where our children can be happy and secure; let their own individuality and talent shine; and where they can achieve and learn to fulfill their own potential.

Children need to live in a world where self-esteem is protected and encouraged,where the adventures of life are approached with joy. Where learning is always natural, developmentally appropriate and fun! Children's House Montessori School offers that world to every child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

parent/teacher conferences
all school tours
parent information meetings
Open House
personal calls
orientation meetings
community events


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is handled on an individual basis, depending on the child, the family and the situation