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Children's House Montessori School

2425 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone:
(703) 276-1360

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

Children's House Montessori School is a full member of the American Montessori Society. The Montessori classroom is a "living room" for the children. Students choose their work from the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and work in specific areas. Over a period of time, the children develop into a "normalized community," working with high concentration and few interruptions. Normalization is the process whereby a child moves from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disordered to ordered, from distracted to focused, through work in the environment. The process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child's attention. In addition to our Montessori Curriculum, students participate in weekly art and music classes to supplement what is already available in the classroom setting. We hold two musical performances for the parents -- one in December and one in May. The one in May coincides with our annual art show, displaying multiple pieces by each of our students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mission Statement:

Create a prepared environment, nurture and cultivate a love of learning, respect each child's individual development, and encourage our students to undertake with confidence that inspires him/her.

Principles:

o We embrace the fundamental principles of Montessori education and its curriculum to create an innovative learning atmosphere.

o We promote honesty, respect, acceptance, dedication and partnership as traits of good citizenship and essential to the success of our mission.

o We maintain a carefully planned environment that is safe, child-centered, stimulating and warm to foster independent, experiential learning.

o We attract, retain and develop talented, dedicated and compassionate professionals who share the joy of working with children.

o We honor diversity in our community and value all cultures, religions, ethnic origins, and economic backgrounds and support the active sharing of customs, perspectives and heritages.


o We enrich the Montessori curriculum through activities such as music, art, movement, physical play, and field trips to encourage the development of well-balanced children.

o We recognize and respond to the needs of our community in flexible and innovative ways.

A Typical Day

7:30 am - 8:15 am: Quiet morning activities of coloring and reading

8:15 am - 11:50 am: Montessori Classwork (includes Montessori lessons, circle time, art, music, outside play, snack)

11:50 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch provided by Good Foods Co. (practicing Montessori practical-life skills and socialization)

12:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Various (depending upon age)
1. Naps for youngest students
2. Afternoon Montessori class for 4 & 5 years old

2:45 pm - 5:45 pm: Afternoon Enrichment Program (including structured activity, games, outside play, snack)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The fall season is a major period of community building at CHMS. Prior to the start of school, new parents are invited to a Parent Orientation and within the first month of school we hold a back to school night so parents are able to learn about the Montessori environment directly from their child's teacher. We also hold a pot luck / barbecue for our families and have a family field trip to Cox Pumpkin Farm. By providing all of these opportunities at the beginning of the year, we hope that the families will get to know one another and the staff.

CHMS does its best to keep our parents informed. We provide an enrolled families section on our web site where we provide a calendar of events, the curriculum for each classroom, and monthly newsletters from the teachers. We also archive the emails we send to parents so they can refer back to them.

We hold two parent teacher conferences over the course of the year -- one in the fall and one in the spring. If parents feel there is an issue, the office is always willing to schedule an additional meeting with the teacher.

Parents may leave notes in the cubbies provided for the staff or they may email the office with any questions or concerns. We feel that we are in a partnership with the parents and wish to work with them to assist their child in any way we can.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

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