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Montessori classroom

MMS@Calhoun: Montessori
(preschool–3rd grade)

First developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori in 1907, Montessori education fosters independence, self-esteem, social awareness, empathy, resilience, problem solving, and creative thinking—characteristics that will serve students far beyond school.

The Montessori classrooms at Calhoun will look, feel, and work just like Montessori classrooms all around the world. Certified Montessori teachers will use the same materials designed by Maria Montessori to emphasize hands-on learning in different subjects. These materials are very concrete for younger children and become more abstract as children grow older.

Literacy work-Montessori


Stepping Stones (Ages 2.8 months to 3)

In Stepping Stones, your child begins to see themself as part of a bigger whole, looking beyond self and family. In a classroom with a small number of students, they learn to be a member of a community. They develop social and emotional skills, from parallel play to cooperative play, from being helped to becoming more independent to care for their own needs, and eventually fulfilling the desire to help and care for others. They also start making meaningful connections with their own lives and school life, as their language development takes off from receptive to expressive language.

Children's House (Ages 3 to Kindergarten)

Children’s House is a time of joyful discovery and making connections. In Children’s House, we honor your child and meet them where they are developmentally through individualized lessons, hands-on exploration, and thoughtful teacher observation—so your child develops and masters skills and concepts in different areas while honing critical thinking and problem solving skills. A Children’s House student is intrinsically motivated to learn because it is a satisfying and joyous pursuit to “work.” Your child becomes part of their classroom community as they learn to care for others, and grace and courtesy are part of daily life.

Montessori classroom

Montessori classroom

1st–3rd Grades

In these grades, children transform into social beings driven by their own curiosity. They learn time management and personal organization skills, as they begin to track their own learning in notebooks and folders showing their progression. With support and accountability from their teachers, students have flexibility to pursue topics that excite them while also advancing in all subjects. 

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