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Montessori Country School

621 Alabama Drive
Herndon, VA 20170

(703) 437-8285


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

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
  • Sand paper letters, the movable alphabet, and metal insets, are just a few examples of the extensive literacy materials avaiable to students in the Language area of a Montessori classroom.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • The Math area of a Montessori classroom includes materials such as the red and blue rods and sand paper numbers and the spindle box for learning about quantities one to ten and zero, the materials advance from there in a sequential order and include the teens, tens and hundred boards, materials to teach many math concepts such as odds & evens, addition and subtraction, place value, borrowing and carry-over, multiplication and division, and even fractions and time.
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • The World Studies area of a Montessori classroom offers extensive learning in the subjects of science and geography including maps of the world, land and water forms, the solar system, volcanoes, living and non- living, magnets, and extensive materials regarding plants and animals.
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children are to be respected as different from adults, as individuals who differ from each other.

Children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment that are unlike those of the adults both in quantity and capacity.

The most important years of growth are the first six years of life when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level."

Excerpted from the school's website

A Typical Day

The morning program (8:30 to 12:00) for each class includes Montessori work time, as well as a snack time, 30 minutes of playground time (weather permitting) and one or two circle times. Each week the half-day students also have Music class twice a week and French class once a week.

Once in the full-day Montessori program, students have a lunchtime and additional Montessori work-time where they have the opportunity to continue their advanced lessons into the afternoon. These students now go to French class twice a week.

Younger students attending full-day have a one hour rest time after their lunch as well as some afternoon free play and art activities.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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