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Madison Central Montessori School

4337 West Beltline Highway
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 274-9549


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A Montessori school serving Madison area families since 1972. We provide a comprehensive Montessori education for children from preschool through 8th grade. Coming in 2012...our new Toddler program!

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
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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
Time & space
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
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught geography, botany

From the Director:

Montessori materials are presented with few words to individual child at optimal time and child is then free to use material and explore freely. Large block of uninterrupted time in which child directs own learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We view the Montessori approach to education as a true \"aid to life\" where each child is given freedom with limitations, in a structured, prepared environment, to experience the joys of learning and to discover his/her own potential.

The school provides the environment and materials that permit a child to participate freely in activities suited to his/her individual level of capability, and encouragement so that the child may become an orderly, integrated person with self-direction, inner discipline, and a sense of responsibility. Through its curriculum and activities, the school endeavors to promote an educational experience that fulfills the child's need to become independent and acquire basic cognitive and social skills
the years our goal has been to meet the needs of our families, while expanding program opportunities."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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 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 is Handled through:

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