Montessori Early Childhood Education

Montessori Approach

Maria Montessori began her professional life as Italy’s first female physician in the late 1890's. Using her keen scientific observation skills, she developed a theory of child development and education based on “following the child.” The Montessori approach is designed to assist children in acquiring the skills and self-confidence necessary to fulfill their potential. By building on interests, nurturing enthusiasm and respecting individual needs, children can achieve self-discipline, independence, self-mastery and a life-long love of learning. The philosophy is based on three equal components: the child, the adult and the environment.

The Child

Montessori philosophy states that young children possess an “absorbent mind” that allows them to easily assimilate information and understanding through all of the senses. Also, children have “sensitive periods” when their interests and abilities for acquiring certain skills are at a peak.

The Adult

The role of the adult in a Montessori classroom is best described as a facilitator who observes the readiness and interest of the child and becomes the link between the child and the environment.

The Environment

A Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment. Materials are specifically designed and chosen to provide a sequential, concrete and attractive curriculum. The opportunities for learning are extensive and appropriate to the child. Through touching and manipulating concrete materials and objects, children are introduced to basic concepts in mathematics, language, science and geography.

How many children do you serve and what are their ages?

McCormick Montessori has six classrooms: one Infant (6 weeks to 15 months), two Toddler (15 months to 36 months) and three Primary classrooms (three to five years old).

Our classrooms are comprised of children of mixed ages and genders. Classroom placement is determined by administration and considers both classroom space and availability. 

    How long is your wait list?

    There is a consistent wait list for the center (typically 12-15 months depending on desired start date and level). Swedish Hospital employees take preference in enrollment. Applications will be put on the wait list, based on the date received. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee. While we have on-going enrollment, most of our new children are enrolled in the late summer/early fall (as our graduates leave the program, and space becomes available).

    Do you offer part-time enrollment?

    Currently, due to DCFS, IDPH, and CDC recommendations and emergency guidelines, we only offer full-time enrollment.