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Understanding the Montessori Practical Life Curriculum

Understanding the Montessori Practical Life Curriculum

The Practical Life curriculum is the cornerstone of the Montessori experience. It lays the …
Understanding the Montessori Math Curriculum

Understanding the Montessori Math Curriculum

Math is all around us and, for a young child, words like “more, less, not enough, and share” are …
“Is it too late to enroll?” and other FAQs about Mid-Year Enrollment

“Is it too late to enroll?” and other FAQs about Mid-Year Enrollment

The start to the school year may have been unlike any other, but we hit our stride and had a great …
Five Benefits of Montessori Education

Five Benefits of Montessori Education

Choosing a preschool for your child can feel like a daunting task. Depending on where you live, …
The Importance of Circle Time in Montessori

The Importance of Circle Time in Montessori

Please note: Some images used in this post were taken before the pandemic. Children and staff …
Back to School, Back to Montessori

Back to School, Back to Montessori

Dear Ms Keturah and Ms Helena, I have no words! All of you are just AWESOME and I mean that from …
Back to School We Go!

Back to School We Go!

As we get closer to the start of our 2020-2021 school year, there are still so many questions and …
Yes, we are open! Here’s what to expect:

Yes, we are open! Here’s what to expect:

Our 2020-2021 school year is underway! If you have a preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten-aged child …
Preparing to Return to School: 3 Steps for Independence

Preparing to Return to School: 3 Steps for Independence

Here at Children’s House, we have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. We are …
One Day Closer to “Normal” and Here’s What We Know

One Day Closer to “Normal” and Here’s What We Know

As we inch closer to reopening businesses and schools, we are all trying to anticipate what our …
Montessori During Quarantine: Everyday Life Lessons

Montessori During Quarantine: Everyday Life Lessons

There’s a reason Maria Montessori called the first school, Casa dei Bambini. It means &#8220 …
FAQs Answered: Closures, Tours, and the Upcoming School Year

FAQs Answered: Closures, Tours, and the Upcoming School Year

Spring has sprung, and although Children’s House is currently closed due to the coronavirus …
Kids and Quarantine: A Few Thoughts for Parents

Kids and Quarantine: A Few Thoughts for Parents

We are at the beginning of what could be a very long period of one of the strangest times in our …
How to Find a Good Preschool: Questions, Observations, and Red Flags

How to Find a Good Preschool: Questions, Observations, and Red Flags

It’s almost springtime here in Northern Virginia, and many folks are looking ahead to summer and …
4 Important Lessons Kids Learn in Montessori

4 Important Lessons Kids Learn in Montessori

Children are learning every day. They learn by experience, by example, by formal instruction, and …
Clean Up Time: The Importance of Completing the Work Cycle

Clean Up Time: The Importance of Completing the Work Cycle

If your playroom, basement, or family room looks like a toy shop exploded in it, that’s okay! In …
Every Child is an Artist | Our Montessori Art Curriculum

Every Child is an Artist | Our Montessori Art Curriculum

Here at Children’s House, art is one of our favorite things! Each classroom has a dedicated art …
“Where’s the dress-up corner?” Montessori and Imagination

“Where’s the dress-up corner?” Montessori and Imagination

When you walk into a Montessori classroom you might notice something missing. There’s no dress-up …
Creativity in the Montessori Classroom

Creativity in the Montessori Classroom

Creativity is more than art and music. It means trying new things and looking at a challenge with …
Eat the CAKE! The Importance of the Montessori Kindergarten Experience.

Eat the CAKE! The Importance of the Montessori Kindergarten Experience.

So you made the hard decision: you found a Montessori program that you love! You’re happy, …
Why are Montessori Classrooms Mixed Age?

Why are Montessori Classrooms Mixed Age?

There are many differences between Montessori schools and traditional preschool programs. One of …
Montessori Quotes to Inspire and Uplift

Montessori Quotes to Inspire and Uplift

If you needed a reminder about how intelligent, observant, and forward-thinking Maria Montessori …
10 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Child at Home

10 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Child at Home

It starts with the little things, like helping scrub potatoes or put their socks in a drawer, and …
30 Things to Say Instead of, “Good job!”

30 Things to Say Instead of, “Good job!”

Your child just tied her shoes, crossed the monkey bars, showed you a drawing, or helped carry in …
Understanding Montessori: What do the children do all day?

Understanding Montessori: What do the children do all day?

There is often a veil of mystery over the goings on in a typical Montessori classroom. Children …
Is Your Child Ready for More? Three Key Signs of Preschool Readiness

Is Your Child Ready for More? Three Key Signs of Preschool Readiness

It can be a tough call. For many families with young children, knowing when a child is &#8220 …
We are Thankful!

We are Thankful!

It’s that time of the year! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s only …
Foster Internal Motivation with these 4 Phrases

Foster Internal Motivation with these 4 Phrases

If you’ve ever had a hobby or pastime that you did just because it made you feel good, and …
What is Montessori? And Other Common Questions

What is Montessori? And Other Common Questions

Despite the fact that Montessori education has been around since 1907, there are still some common …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 5 (Excellence and Creativity)

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 5 (Excellence and Creativity)

This is the fifth post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the …
Three Reasons Why Montessori Makes Sense

Three Reasons Why Montessori Makes Sense

We’ve explained the difference between Montessori and traditional preschools and we’ve …
Build Your Child’s Vocabulary: 3 Activities for Fall

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary: 3 Activities for Fall

When you’re out and about doing fun family activities this fall, take the opportunity to add …
Encourage Independence in Young Children: Our Top 3 Household Picks

Encourage Independence in Young Children: Our Top 3 Household Picks

Most parents are well-versed when it comes to baby-proofing their home. They know that there are …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 4 (Cooperation and Respect)

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 4 (Cooperation and Respect)

This is the fourth post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the …
The First Weeks of School at Children’s House

The First Weeks of School at Children’s House

It’s finally fall! It seems like it’s been a long time coming this year, but here in …
How Do Montessori Schools Teach Independence?

How Do Montessori Schools Teach Independence?

If you’re new to Montessori, one of the first things you’ll notice is that there&#8217 …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 3

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 3

This is the third post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the …
What’s the Difference Between Montessori and Traditional Preschool?

What’s the Difference Between Montessori and Traditional Preschool?

Some of the most common questions parents have when looking for an early childhood program focus …
What to Look for in a Montessori Preschool

What to Look for in a Montessori Preschool

Wondering what to look for in a Montessori preschool? There are so many schools to choose from, so …
Five Key Elements to Creating a Natural Play Space for Children

Five Key Elements to Creating a Natural Play Space for Children

Creating a natural play space for your children is one of the best ways to encourage them to spend …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 2

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 2

This is the second post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the …
Motivate Children Without Praise and Rewards

Motivate Children Without Praise and Rewards

Did you know that it’s possible to motivate children without praise and reward systems, like …
Dinosaur Summer Camp Adventures!

Dinosaur Summer Camp Adventures!

We’ve been having so much fun at dinosaur summer camp this past month! Kids LOVE dinosaurs …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 1

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 1

Teaching character development is part of any good early childhood program. Children need a safe …
Potty Training Facts to Put Your Mind at Ease

Potty Training Facts to Put Your Mind at Ease

Going to the bathroom part of life, but learning how to do it doesn’t have to be stressful, …
Limited Choices Lead to Cooperation

Limited Choices Lead to Cooperation

Children want their opinions known! Help them make positive choices that work for everyone AND …
Summer Fun has Begun!

Summer Fun has Begun!

Summer Camp at CHMS is underway! We have six weeks of camp scheduled and are looking forward to a …
Make this Summer Memorable, the Montessori Way

Make this Summer Memorable, the Montessori Way

Summer is here! This much-anticipated season has the potential to be the “best summer ever,& …
A Visit from a Former Student… and an Igloo??

A Visit from a Former Student… and an Igloo??

When your school has been open for 16 years, visits from former students can be eye-opening. Those …
Visiting an Art Gallery with Children: Five tips to make it fun!

Visiting an Art Gallery with Children: Five tips to make it fun!

We love field-tripping with our kindergarteners! This past week saw our third and final field trip …
Spring Gardening Begins!

Spring Gardening Begins!

Last Friday saw the start to our spring gardening sessions and it couldn’t have been better; …
Spring is Finally Here!

Spring is Finally Here!

There’s no place like our playground in the spring! The children are so excited to finally …
An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart of Reston

An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart of Reston

Now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year!Read more An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart …
Where the Love of Nature meets the Love of Learning

Where the Love of Nature meets the Love of Learning

Our wooded playground invites discovery, curiosity, activity, and learning.Read more Where the …
The Hidden Gem of Reston

The Hidden Gem of Reston

A small, family-centered, nature-focused, authentic Montessori program for children ages 3 to 6 …
Inspiring Young Artists since 2003

Inspiring Young Artists since 2003

Now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year! Read more Inspiring Young Artists since 2003 …
Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

Schedule a tour and feel the difference for yourself!Read more Home Away From Home …