The Montessori philosophy proposes that children learn best in age groupings that span a few years. As in a family, the role-modeling of the older child inspires the younger child in the next step of personal development and skill refinement. Both children have the benefit of working and learning from each other as well as from adults.

2007 marked 100 years since Maria Montessori opened the first "Children's House" (Casa dei Bambini) in Rome, Italy. Gateway Montessori is a young school, but it has a strong foundation on the principles developed by Dr. Montessori.


PARENT-CHILD: Birth to 18 Months


  • All young children have a "will to learn," which is very evident at an early age.
  • The program is designed to assist parents in understanding how to help a child in his self-formation. It is a bridge between home and school, with the parent at the child's side.  It is also an opportunity for parents to learn about Montessori education and how to apply its principles to their own homes.
  • The program meets on Saturday mornings from 9-11:00.
  • Three sessions ore offered during the academic year:
    Fall, Winter and Spring.
  • Group size is limited to a few families to promote friendship and growth in a small, protected environment.
  • For more information about the Parent-Child program, please contact the school at 773.539.3025.








THE COMMUNITY: 15 months to 3 years
  • As soon as the child is able to walk well on his own two feet and his hands are free to touch and explore, he is on the road to independence. This environment is prepared to be a social learning community where the trained adult acts as the child's guide while he perfects his coordinated movement, eye-hand coordination and language.
  • Practical Life Activities, such as setting a table for snack, washing hands, and sewing, are important activities for the child because they give the security of routine daily family life as well as a keen sense of self-confidence. The use of easily manipulated clothing that the child can put on and take off himself encourages toileting and changing clothes independently.
  • Language materials enrich the child's vocabulary exponentially; by holding and manipulating objects and picture cards, the child gradually moves from the concrete to more abstract representations.  Listening to adults read books, joining in singing of songs, as well as everyday verbal communications are all key elements of the Community.
  • This program meets five days a week: morning sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and all day sessions meet until 3:30 p.m.



The goal of the Children's House environment is to continue to cultivate the child's own natural desire to learn through purposeful work. The learning materials are centered around five focus areas:


PRACTICAL LIFE involves the child in precise movements that challenge him to complete a cycle of activity. As the child follows the sequence of each activity, he learns to pay attention to detail and expand his concentration.

SENSORIAL EXERCISES help children relate new information to what they already know. Children learn about their world through the impressions given by the five senses and by comparing different textures, smells, colors, shapes, lengths, heights and sounds.

MATHEMATICS MATERIALS provide a sensorial base for understanding math concepts through the use of concrete materials.



LANGUAGE development is enhanced through hands-on experiences. Using sandpaper letters, children learn the sounds of letters. Soon they link letters to make words, then words to make sentences. Writing comes from tracing letters and from forming words, phrases and sentences with the movable alphabet. Children's interest in reading is encouraged, for it is the foundation to all learning.

CULTURAL STUDIES including geography, science and nature, history, art, music and movement are integrated into the child's day in the Children's House.


We encourage families to commit to a 3-year cycle in the Children's House. It is through 3 years in the same environment that Montessori works at its best for the child's benefit.

This program meets five days a week: morning sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and all day sessions meet until 3:30 p.m.




Gateway's summer program is based on Practical Life Activities as well as Art.

Practical Life activities allow for the continuity of the basics practiced during our academic school year which promote small motor control, refinement of movement, care of the environment, care of self and most importantly, the skill of concentration which is the basis for all learning.

Learning art skills and creating works of art allow the child's creative spirit to express itself while at the same time developing his manual dexterity and problem-solving skills.

"The child needs activity concentrated on some task that requires movement of the hands guided by the intellect."
-Maria Montessori


Once concentration has begun, the child will find many interesting things to occupy his time and will repeat the activity to perfect his skills. After all, grace comes from doing well what we've done so many times before.

Learning to scribble, draw and paint is really a matter of concentrating on seeing what the world has to offer. Pablo Picasso said that "every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

All children between 2 and 6 years of age are invited to join us for a fun-filled and relaxed summer.

We offer two 4-week sessions:
Session I: June 18 through July 13, 2012
Session II: July 16 through August 10, 2012

Half Day, 8:30 to 12:00 = $950
All Day, 8:30 to 3:00 = $1150

For more information on the Summer Program, please contact the school at 773.539.3025.


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