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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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What value does gardening have to the elementary child?  It’s an experience that helps them to build the classroom community.  Working alongside their peers toward a common goal does wonders for the culture of the class.  It also gives them the chance to mingle in a casual way.  A garden’s elemental atmosphere connects children to … Read More

A Need For Order


Maria Montessori built her style of education on her observations of children and on what she called the human tendencies.  People had an internal drive to explore, work and imagine things that didn’t exist and then build them.  The also had a need for order.  She imagined the hunter-gatherers remembering where the delicious berries were, … Read More

Going Out


There is only so much you can learn within the four walls of a classroom.  Montessori elementary learning takes place both inside and outside of class.  A group of elementary children have been working on a class newspaper.  They researched newspapers and the history of print medial and had a pretty good idea of what ingredients … Read More