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chestnut montessori school

10723 N. E. 38th Pl.
Kirkland, WA 98004

(425) 822-6001


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our school provides a full scope of Montessori learning for young children: Music, Art, French, Gardening, as well as Math, Language, Practical Life, Sensorial, Geography, Geometry and Biological and Physical Sciences. Children engage in joyful learning with individualized lessons as they are ready.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children receive individualized instructions on academic subjects, allowing them to progress at their own rates. Group lessons are given at circle time when cultural subjects and oral language opportunities are provided.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide a nurturing Montessori environment where children thrive. Children engage in joyful learning.

A Typical Day

8:00-9:00 Arrival
9:00-11:00 Academic Time
9:00-10:45 Snack Available
10:45-11:00 Circle Time
11:00-11:25 Outside Time
11:25-11:30 Morning Dismissal
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:15 Afternoon Arrival
12:00-12:30 DEAR Time
Drop Everything and Read
12:30-2:30 Academic Time
Circle Time
2:30-2:45 Outside Time
2:45-2:55 Afternoon Dismissal
Dawn to Dusk:
2:30-3:25 Outside Time
3:25-3:35 Dawn to Dusk Snack
3:25-5:15 Inside Play Time
5:15-5:45 Snack and Story
6:00 Goodbye-Time to Go Home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an amazing and detailed newsletter which is emailed to parents once a month, Parent/Teacher Collaboration in the fall and spring, Parent Information Meetings on curriculum twice a year, Parent Education five times a year to cover the curriculum and teacher prepare monthly lesson plans to cover all aspects of the curriculum.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parent and child visit the school the first morning. The second day the child comes alone for one hour. By the third day, they are excited to be at school. We stay in contact with parents whose children exhibit separation anxiety.