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    Our goal at MSD is for your child to be a happy, self-motivated learner with a positive self image. Dr. Maria Montessori observed certain tendencies in children that are important to their natural development. These observations form the basis of our program at MSD. Children’s innate need for order, learning through their senses and working at their own pace will be fostered at MSD. We use beautiful materials developed by Dr. Montessori to aid children in their discovery of our world.

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    Dr. Montessori noticed universal characteristics among children and sought to create a system of education that responded to how children naturally are. In our classrooms, children’s natural tendencies and needs are nurtured and understood. Unlike traditional models of education, where children are expected to adapt and change to fit the system, Montessori education changes to fit the child. Children learn the basics, as well as valuable social and life skills in our classrooms. Please visit our Curriculum pages to learn more. Or, call us to schedule an observation and see firsthand how Montessori education is different.

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    We understand that working parents need care beyond normal school hours. Our before- and after-care program is top quality, done with our regular staff in the Montessori spirit. Children are independent in choosing what they would like to do from an array of educational toys, puzzles and games. Weather permitting, lots of time is spent outdoors. We do not offer drop-in care, but we do make it possible for you to tailor your child’s schedule to your individual needs with morning and afternoon options, billed hourly. Please see our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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Involving Children in Household Tasks

Child helping with dishes

Little children find mundane tasks like emptying the dishwasher exciting and fun. So, as the adults who care for them, we are fools not to take advantage of their enthusiasm. When Coco was 18 months, she began to help me empty the dishwasher. We started with just silverware. She would hand me one piece at … Read More

Fantasy vs. Reality

Big Red Barn

For her birthday, Coco received this sweet book, by the author of our favorite, Goodnight Moon. My cousin, who is mommy to three little girls, gave it to us and said that they read it so many times and carried around in the diaper bag for so long, that it just fell apart one day! After … Read More

Literacy and the Alphabet in Montessori


Early reading seems to be a priority for most parents of young children. So here are a few tips to help your child gain familiarity with the alphabet and how it translates into reading. 1. Focus on SOUNDS (In other words, skip the alphabet books!) Most alphabet books focus on the names of the letters … Read More