Our intention is to create a nurturing, educationally inspiring, peaceful preschool and kindergarten environment based on the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori.


One that cultivates a love of learning through exploration and discovery, embraces the diversity of humankind and encourages thoughtful and responsible behavior towards others and our environment.


Together, with the family of Cottage Montessori School, we embark on this journey with this committment in our minds, hearts and hands.


Dr. Maria Montessori

"Over 100 years ago, an Italian physician inspired the birth of a worldwide educational movement.  Dr. Maria Montessori , one of Italy's first female physicians, became interested in education while caring for mentally challenged children...she combined sensory-rich environments and hands-on experiential techniques in the hopes of reaching the children. 

In 1907, Montessori continued shaping her learning model by opening "A Children's House" in the slums of San Lorenzo. With her scientific background to guide her, she observed how young people learned best when engaged in purposeful acitivy rather than simply being fed information.  She drew upon her clinical understanding of children's cognitive growth and development in constructing an educational framework that would respect individuality and fulfill the needs of the "whole child." 


Dr. Montessori's pioneering work created a blueprint for nurturing all children...to become the self-motivated, independent and life-long learners that are the ultimate goal of today's educational reform movement.


Today, Dr. Montessori's visionary ideas flourish as the cornerstone of a thriving educational practice.  There are thousands of Montessori schools...As more and more schools incorporated core elements of her model - multi-age classrooms, early childhood education- Montessori became widely recognized as being ahead of her time.  Remarkably, her visionary ideas remain viable concepts that have profoundly influenced the entire educational landscape."


American Montessori Society
New York

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Cottage Quotes

Of an Older Classmate...

"I remember Jaxon--he taught me Art. I always love him inside my dreams."

Eliseo, Age 4



On What he Ate that Weekend...


"I ate a peanut butter and jelly calzone!!"

Hank, Age 3



Discovery of Self Worth...


"Ms. Mary, I am a Masterpiece... because I can make lots of stuff."

Hannah, Age 5



Exploring Zoology...


"Is an elephant a reptile?"


Claire, Age 3




Upon waking...


"Ms. Mary, did you know there are molecules in water?"


Eli, Age 3