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Small World Montessori School

1008 High Street
Racine, WI 53402

(262) 632-6797


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The five different learning areas in the Montessori classroom contain works that allow students to learn at their own pace and interact with others in a natural and peaceful environment. The beauty and design of the Montessori materials capture the students' interest and include opportunities for individual, small group and full group activities in the following curriculum area: The Practical Life Area is the foundation of the Montessori Classroom. Many of the works in this area strengthen the students’ fine motor skills. The Sensorial Area uses works like the Pink Tower and the Red Rods to educate the senses and help the students become aware of detail. The Mathematics Area features hands-on learning materials to make abstract concepts clear and concrete. The Language Area contains prereading, phonics, and handwriting works to build language and early literacy skills while expanding the students’ vocabularies. The Cultural Subjects Area has a variety of works that help expand the students’ knowledge of the world. These works teach geography, botany, zoology, and telling time. Some of the favorite works in this area are the various map works.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Small World seeks to facilitate the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of all its students and provide a solid foundation for life-long learning. We believe that the parents' role in their children's education is essential and family involvement at Small World is an integral part of what we offer.

A Typical Day

Morning Class (Monday - Friday, from 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.)

The Morning Class is the heart of the Montessori experience. The multi-age grouping

of 2 ½ to 6 year-olds, in each classroom, creates opportunities for collaboration

and cooperation. This important dimension of the classroom focuses on the whole

child within the supportive setting of the social group. It allows each individual to

grow in their social role and become a contributing member. Each child is unique

with different interests, different abilities, and different needs. At Small World

Montessori School, we never lose sight of the individual needs of each child within the

social setting of the entire group. Children benefit most from consistent, daily


Extended Day (Monday - Friday, Morning Class, then continuing from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Extended Day allows more time for individual and social development. The Extended Day begins with the morning class and continues with lunch. The children help with the preparation of a dining experience. They help to set the table and serve, thus growing in courtesy and proper etiquette.

In addition to the challenges of the excellent Montessori hands-on activities, we offer a variety of additional experiences during the extended hours:

• Art and Creative Expression
• Language Arts, Dramatics and Story Time
• Science Explorations

Childcare (Available before and after classes, hours are from 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Small World Montessori understands the need to balance work and family and our all day program is an affordable alternative to typical day care. To meet the needs of your family, we offer flexible scheduling between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Our Montessori-based childcare program offers many educational and fun activities. Childcare is available at a weekly rate or flexible hourly care is also available with fees based on the number of hours used.

Our All-Day Program is the perfect mix of education and nurturing childcare:

Children experience the joy of learning in our morning Montessori classroom.

Parents experience the peace of mind knowing their child is growing and developing in an atmosphere of caring and respect.

The activities and materials invite the child to explore and learn.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Beginning of the year separation is mainly handled by introducing one new student a day for the first week or so of school so that they can get all of the attention they need that first special day. All returning students have already had their first days all together in the same group they were in class with the previous year.