Monarch Montessori Blog

When reflecting on my own education, I remember being bored as we reviewed something I already knew. I also recall feeling incredibly frustrated and stupid as my math class sprinted ahead, even though I needed more time with a particular concept.

The fallacy of the factory model of education is that we are humans, not robots. Children have diverse academic needs. We can honor this and preserve the magic of learning, or we can ignore this reality and engender boredom and frustration.

Now, as a Montessori guide, I get to abandon the broken factory model of education and offer each child what they need. I sit side-by-side with an individual child, using beautiful, hands-on materials to demonstrate a new concept: how to tie your shoes. How to add 4+5. How to sound out short "a" words. Then, the child eagerly tries, excited for the knowledge and understanding that they can now access. I remain seated by them, giving guidance if they need it, before slowly slipping away, still watching from a distance as they perform this new, amazing skill, at this moment and for the rest of their lives.

Monarch Montessori School is making high-quality, Montessori instruction accessible to all! For more information about our educational philosophy or to inquire about enrollment, email me at

  • Julia Kallmes

Families anxiously await the announcement on Thursday from the governor and school districts about what public schools will look like in the fall. We know the options: 1) 100% back to school, 2) a hybrid model where children learn at school for two days of the week and complete distance learning for the remaining three, or 3) 100% Distance Learning. None of these serve the needs of all families. Many parents face a difficult if not impossible conundrum: how does one keep working, even remotely, while attending to the needs of young children? A large number of families do not feel comfortable sending their children back to school buildings with hundreds of others, and teachers share these trepidations. What to do?

Options. Families need good options, whether for at-school or at-home learning. Our nonprofit board resolved to provide a good option for those families who need care. We committed to prioritizing safety, limiting enrollment to no more than 10 children, and implementing measures recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Our first year of operation will look much different than we anticipated. Staff will wear masks, drop-off and pick-up will occur outside, and children will have their own individual tables. We will say farewell at the end of each day with a wave and a smile instead of a high-five or hug.

We look forward to welcoming our first class of children on September 8th. It will be different. But it will still be wonderful.

For more information about enrolling, click here or email



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