The Children's House

The Montessori Children’s House, often called “Primary”, is a place where the 3-6 year old child continues to build himself physically, socially and intellectually. In stark contrast to traditional schooling, this child-directed environment has an order that promotes freedom. This kind of liberty ignites an enthusiasm for learning and fosters self-esteem, self-control and independence through the Montessori curriculum.

The 3-6 Curriculum

Practical Life

The 3-6 Curriculum Practical Life skills provide the foundation for all other activities in the Montessori classroom. Through exercises of his every day life, from pouring water or learning how to tie a shoelace, the child learns to properly take care of himself so that he may feel independent and does not have to rely on an adult for his basic needs. This purposeful work contributes to the development of concentration, coordination of movement, and mastery of the environment.

Sensorial

Sensorial activities allow the child to refine each of his senses. He will become a child who can appreciate color or texture differences, organize his thoughts and objects in his environment. Dr. Montessori believed “the human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.”

Creative Arts

Creative Arts provide a means of self expression. Rather than completing a specific project, children are free to choose art materials to create with loose parts and a variety of high quality art mediums and techniques.

Geography & Culture

Geography & Culture are celebrated with traditions like music and stories as well as maps and flags. Children begin to see the uniqueness of other cultures.

Science

Science gives children real, hands-on experiences with topics such as buoyancy and magnetics as well as exposure to the worlds of biology and botany.

Mathematics

Mathematics lessons lead the child through progressive hands-on activities, emphasizing concepts while preparing the child for abstractions supported by the math materials.

Language

Language activities such as object matching, tracing sand paper letters, spelling with the moveable alphabet and cursive writing help the child explore the world around them through spoken and written word.

Meet the Team in
The Children's House

Tina Davidson

Head of School, 3-6 Directress

Tina Davidson

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communications Education and spent nearly ten years as a high school English, Speech and Drama teacher. When my husband and I were teaching in a high school district on the south side of Chicago, we were very lucky to have had many opportunities to learn about “new” strategies in teacher training like brain-based education, quantum learning and teaching, and multiple intelligences. Years later, we were standing in an observation room watching a little girl slice a banana for her classmates. The rest of the children were happily engaged in a variety of activities. We were hooked on Montessori from those first moments, watching children work in different modalities, at different speeds and being led by their interests. Our daughter was enrolled that fall and three years later, when our twins were ready to begin preschool, I began my training at Seton Montessori Institute. 15 years later, all three of our children have completed their full Montessori cycle and, after 12 years leading a 3-6 classroom, I’m ready to begin a new chapter in my Montessori story.

My dream of opening a Montessori school has become a reality. And it’s a big dream! At its heart is a strong community of people who care about children and the best possible opportunities for them. As my journey continues, I look forward to promoting Montessori’s vision of peace – learning to understand, understanding to sympathize and sympathizing to create an atmosphere of peace and hope. Academics and compassion go hand in hand. I believe we can make the world more beautiful and we will do that, planting one seed at a time.

Lina McAndrew

Co-teacher, 3-6 Directress

Lina McAndrew

My husband and I first learned about Montessori in 2008 through our daughter’s journey at a local Lithuanian Montessori program. We watched our daughter slowly emerge from a protective cocoon and blossom into a confident individual whose love of learning continues to serve her well as she heads into Junior High. After the birth of our second daughter and taking some time off to be fully present in motherhood, I began my Montessori training at Seton Montessori Institute, graduating in 2016.

Since that time, I have enjoyed the collaborative spirit that is part of the classroom community. I love offering encouragement to children, sharing their triumphs and delighting in the challenge of new ideas and experiences. It is my commitment to create a beautiful environment designed to meet the needs and growing interests of each child, providing opportunities for exploration leading to confident and creative self-expression.

Tahseen Mohajir

Children's House Intern

Tahseen Mohajir

I was inspired to pursue a career in Montessori education as a parent of three children who attended Montessori for their primary years. I love that the Montessori way is intended to prepare the children for all aspects of life and not just for school.

As I spend more and more time in the beautiful classroom community, I see the children empowered to be independent, follow their interests, and to be the best of themselves. The primary years are my favorite because the children are just bursting with curiosity, activity, and growth. It is exciting to be an observer and guide on these first years of a child’s journey of life.