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Children's House Montessori

1625 Wiehle Ave
Reston, VA 20190-4102

(703) 481-6678


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Montessori philosophy is more than the materials in the classroom, or the teacher giving lessons. It is an attitude towards children, a way of understanding their unique nature and allowing them to grow and develop to their fullest potential.

Although Dr. Maria Montessori is best known as an educator, she was a medical pioneer as well, becoming, in 1896, the first woman doctor in Italy. She began her work with children in insane asylums and in the slums of Rome, but soon came to believe that the educational principles she was developing applied to all children. She opened the first “Casa dei Bambini” or “Children’s House” in 1907 in San Lorenzo, Italy. Her revolutionary ideas quickly spread, and training centers opened throughout the world. The Montessori Method came to the United States in 1912, but grew slowly. However, rapid growth began in the early 1950’s, largely through the efforts of Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who was moved by an increasing concern over the quality of American education.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:00 - 11:00 Great Period – Children spend this time working on individual activities at a table or on a rug on the floor. Snack is available until 10:30 AM. There is something on every shelf for every child. Many activities require a lesson from the teacher before a child can use them. Others, such as puzzles, can be used without a lesson. A child who chooses an activity that is too difficult for him is offered something that better matches his ability.

11:00 - 1:00 Transition Activities

Circle Time – This group activity will include calling the roll, grace and courtesy lessons, stories, songs, games, or lessons on new activities in the classroom. One day a week is given over to a Peace Ceremony. Children help set the tables for lunch, feed the animals, water the plants and perform other chores.

Outside Play – Climbing on the play apparatus, sand play, and gardening are a few of the activities available on the playground. Part-Day Preschoolers are dismissed at 11:45 AM.

Lunch Time – The children wash their hands, wait until all are seated before beginning, concentrate on manners and pleasant conversations at the table, take a taste of everything, pack up leftovers, throw away trash, and remain seated until everyone is finished and excused. After lunch, children help clean the tables and sweep the floor.

Outside Play – Climbing on the play apparatus, sand play, and gardening are a few of the activities available on the playground.

1:00 - 3:00 Separate Activities Depending on Age

Preschool – Children go to the bathroom, find their sleepy toy, lie down on a mat, and listen to a story. Then we turn off the light, play soft music, and rub children’s backs to help them fall asleep. This process takes about 30 minutes.

Pre-Kindergarten – Children who are not yet 5 years old will rest quietly for 30 minutes, and then join the kindergarten class to continue work begun in the morning.

Kindergarten – Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 30th, and are ready for the kindergarten experience, continue to work on the lessons that were begun in the morning; they also have lessons in geography, science, art appreciation, writing, and music.

School-Day children are picked up at 3:00.
3:00 - 5:00 After School Fun – Activities include snack, outside play, games, art, drama, music, movement, or cooking.

5:00 End of Day – All children should be picked up by this time.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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