Our COVID-19 Action Plan
Monarch Montessori School is implementing substantial precautions to protect the health and safety of our community, including:
Limiting the size of our school to 10 children
Mandating mask wearing for staff and helping children correctly wear clean masks while indoors
Conducting daily temperature and symptom checks
Sanitizing materials between uses
Continuously running an air purifier with a HEPA filter in the classroom
And more, as detailed in our complete COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
Now Offering Tutoring!
In the spring of 2019, a group of Twin Cities educators, community members, and parents met to imagine a school grounded in Montessori pedagogy, accessible to families of all incomes, that places the needs of the children first.
Monarch Montessori School opened its first Children's House environment in St. Paul, Minnesota for children ages 33 months through 6 years of age on September 8th, 2020. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy in-person educational option for families and offer tuition assistance to children of essential workers.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed her namesake philosophy and pedagogy after noting the false assumptions and failures of the traditional education system. She remarked, "The world of education is like an island where people, cut off from the world, are prepared for life by exclusion from it." After observing how children optimally learn and develop, she devised and refined a markedly different approach.
In traditional classrooms, the teacher gathers children of vaguely the same age to learn the same thing, at the same time, on the same day. What an absurd project! Inevitably, most in attendance feel bored or completely lost. Alternatively, Montessori guides first identify what each child is both interested in and ready for and invite him or her to that particular presentation, thus preserving the magic of learning and discovery.
Hands-On, Developmentally Appropriate Materials
Upon entering a Montessori Children's House, one three-year-old happily exclaimed, "Everything is my size!" The space belongs to the children, and they can access all of the beautifully crafted, intentionally designed materials. Some materials help develop practical life skills, while others represent mathematical concepts or promote language exploration.
Children remain in the Children's House for three years, thus avoiding the tumultuous yearly transition between classrooms. Over three years, guides get to deeply know and understand each child, and children blossom from more timid newcomers to confident leaders.
Interested in learning more about Monarch Montessori School? Please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
Attn: Monarch Montessori School
1669 Arcade Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106