The Children's House at Downtown Montessori Academy comprises of multi-age classrooms of up to 26 students ages 3, 4, and 5. Their learning is guided by a certified Montessori teacher and a classroom assistant. Students in our Children's House benefit from the Montessori practice of three-year cycle of study with the same teacher.
Our Children's House provides a prepared environment to meet the developmental needs of the child. Children work individually and collaboratively with sensorial materials that engage curiosity and allow students to explore and observe at their own pace. The primary goal is to develop the child's love of learning. The classroom engages the child with numbers and language, writing and reading, the tools of reasoning and communication, and the basis of self-directed learning.
Students learn by working with engaging materials that offer concrete and tangible representations of abstract concepts. The Montessori materials are organized around the classroom by area of study appeal to young children and to promote curiosity, awaken the senses, and inspire self-motivation.
Our Children's House students begin to acquire knowledge through the Montessori Curriculum which includes five areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture (science, history, geography, art, and music). Students also participate in physical education and the 5-year-old students also participate in the Urban Ecology Center's Neighborhood Environmental Education Program (NEEP). The Children's House program prepares children for readiness into the first year of the Lower Elementary program, our first grad equivalent.
Children's House School Day
Children entering this program must be three years old by September 1 of the year they begin attending Downtown Montessori Academy. Children age 5 may attend full-day Montessori sessions that run from 8:40 AM to 3:30 PM. Children ages 3 and 4 may attend a half-day Montessori session that runs from 8:40 AM to 11:45 AM. We also offer before and after child care for a fee.
All Children's House programs are five days per week. School day hours are:
Before School Care (Optional) 7:00 - 8:40 AM
Full Day 8:40 AM - 3:30 PM
Half Day 8:40 - 11:45 AM
After School Care (optional) 11:45 AM - 5:30 PM
(All K3 yearly rates are 5 days and include "with breaks")
Half Day (8:45-11:45) $5,355
Full Day (8:45-3:30) $7,580
Extended (7:00-5:30) $8,505