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posted: 8/11/2014 4:51 PM

Tuition Grants For Montessori Preschool in Warrenville

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Carmen Lafranzo




Carmel Montessori Academy and Children's House (CMA) in Warrenville which serves children from Preschool through Erdkinder (Montessori high school) is delighted to announce the availability of 15 Tuition Grants of up to 50% for the 2014-2015 School Year, on a first come, first served basis for the preschool classroom. All other CMA admission and enrollment requirements, including determination by CMA that the CHILD and his/her Family can be served by its environments, curriculum, and programs, apply to Tuition Grants.

For further Tuition Grant information call: 630.393.2995

For further information about CMA, visit our website:

Carmel Montessori Academy and Children's House (CMA) is a small, rural school community dedicated to providing researched-based, virtue-focused, continually evolving environments within the philosophy and pedagogy of Maria Montessori as interpreted by qualified, competent CMA faculty to facilitate the balanced development of the physical, personal, social, and academic growth of the child and his/her unique family towards his/her self-creation of a happy, competent, continually developing person and world citizen.

CMA provides classroom and campus environments as well as field experiences which form the child's foundation for exploration of self and the world - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and academically. The materials in the preschool environments supply the child with concrete, step-by-step guidance through the three-year curriculum cycle from the simplest tasks (spelling out three-letter phonetic words) to the more complex (placing units, tens, hundreds, thousands in their correct order in a subtraction problem ). From Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook: "The educative process is based on this: that the control of error lies in the material itself, and the child has concrete evidence of it."

Children work independently and sometimes in small mixed-age groups, with occasional large group experiences for community activities which supports and serves the growth of academic excellence and the developing personal/emotional as well as social needs of the child. "The work of the teacher is that of a guide. She guides the child in his use of the material, in finding the exact word, in facilitating and clarifying all his labors, in preventing him from wasting his energies, and in rooting out chance disturbances" (Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child) which is why the teacher is often referred to as a Director or Directress. In addition to designing, organizing and daily preparing the environments, the Montessori teacher is an observer in order to be able to discover the needs of the child when he is most ready to internalize the help she can give (sensitive periods). The Montessori teacher is a resource and consultant for the child, guiding the child toward a material, a book, a person who can nurture the seeds of discovery which every child has within. At the same time is teacher is authoritative -- kind, but firm -- in disciplinary matters. "A child's liberty should have as its limit the interests of the group to which he belongs… We should therefore prevent a child from doing anything which may offend or hurt others, or which is impolite or unbecoming. But everything else, every act that can be useful in any way whatever, may be expressed" (Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child).

The rural campus provides an opportunity for the child to interact with other children and adults in a natural environment in green fields and tall trees, a hill on which to sled in winter months, a quarter-mile track which includes physical education and science points, a barn area with rabbits, chickens, horse, etc., and unique wooden structures like the pirate ship and pier, tree house, and other rural experiences.

The Community Education Program includes an extensive field trip program each week to destinations which support and expand upon the curriculum of the classroom as well as physical and social needs of the child. Field trips this year in which the curriculum focuses on United States History, to name a few, include:

Naper Settlement Sci-Tech

Athenaeum Sculpture Park Field Museum

Apple Picking and Corn Maze Spertus Museum

Brookfield Zoo Argonne

Railroad & Roundhouse Museums Fermi Lab

Ernest Hemingway Museum Monthly Senior Visits

Maria Montessori, "Parents are the prime educators of their children." At CMA parents are integral to the education process and are encouraged to observe in their child's class and any other class they wish. Parents often work in the classrooms, reading to children or presenting a special project. They drive for field trips, organize "Flower Families," help with holiday celebration, work with children in the gardens, etc. We welcome parents into all of our environments -- when we all work together for the sake of the child, we all -- families, school, and society - reap the benefits.

The children, faculty, and parents of Carmel Montessori Academy and Children's House are so grateful to their benefactors for their generous contributions to the lives and environments of the children of CMA. As in past years, benefactors have supported the Academy's programs from curricular materials to Home Economics equipment to the Toddler/Preprimary Garden, plus so many more activities and programs. Often our benefactors wish no recognition for their good work at the School, and we make every effort to respect their wishes in this regard. Our entire Montessori Community here at CMA - children, Faculty, and Parents -- send their most heartfelt appreciation to this anonymous donor and all of our benefactors.

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