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Montessori Academy of Chapel Hill

1200 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

(919) 883-9050


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori curriculum but extended hours of care, rolling admissions and year round classroom with children enrolled at ages of 15 months.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori Based
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish, Mandarin Gardening, Yoga, Baking/Cooking,

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We utilize the Montessori philosophy of "following the child."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Implementation of the time tested Montessori philosophy. Each child is unique and is allowed to enjoy the ability to learn. Our goal is to capture and funnel a young child's natural curiosity to learn.

Small boutique setting with excellent teachers, teacher / student ratios. Our philosophy also places emphasis on "Social Graces & Courtesies plus "Practical Life."

No VCR's, T.V.'s or Computers in the classrooms

A Typical Day

7:30 to 8:30 arrival
8:45 to 9:00 morning snack
9:00 to 11:30 Montessori Work cycle
11:30 Outdoor Play
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:15 to 2:45 Afternoon Nap
2:45 to 3:15 Outdoor Play
3:15 to 3:30Afternoon Snack
3:30 to Pick up Spanish / Music/ Yoga/ Gardening and Friday's Cooking

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Enrollment and progress parent / teacher conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

When needed we allow our students several days to "transition" into the classroom.

Spending longer time at the school with each day. We also offer a 2. 3. or 5, 1/2 of full day per week enrollment.

First week daily follow up calls to parents to let them know how their child is doing.

We encourage a "quick" drop off and leave philosophy. In our experience the "Mom" cries more than the child.