Our next open house is March 26, 2022.
Montessori Garden has been serving preschool-aged children and their families in the north end of Seattle for over 30 years. We provide high-quality childcare and learning for children ages 3–6 years old. The curriculum is anchored in the Montessori method of education and also incorporates a rich Creative Dramatics program.
Montessori Garden is in the historic John B. Allen Elementary School on Phinney Ridge at 6615 Dayton Ave North in Seattle, Washington. This renovated turn of the century building is the perfect home for a century old method of education.
Amy and Megan have been working together at the Montessori since 1998. When their director/mentor was ready to retire, they jumped at the perfect opportunity to take the reigns and make the business their own. They moved Montessori Garden to the Phinney Neighborhood Center in 2009 and bought the business outright in 2010. Despite taking ownership of the business during the Great Recession, they have retained a strong partnership and commitment to their school and to grow as business owners, partners, and friends.
At Montessori Garden our aim is to help children ages 3–6 become self-confident individuals. The school is organized to allow the child to move freely in an environment which has been specially prepared by a certified Montessori Teacher. As Montessori teachers, our method is observation; to see and understand each child and to teach skills utilizing each child’s interests and talents. We provide an attractive child-sized environment where a child is free to discover how to learn. We know that learning is fun and we promote a disciplined environment where children can work and play together with joy and spontaneity.
The school is open from 8:00 am–3:30 pm. As the school day begins at 9:30 am, the children are divided into the two Montessori classrooms to participate in morning “work time.” Mid-morning, the art and drama specialists conduct their lessons for the day. After lunch, all of the children in the school will participate in a rest time or a nap. Some children will have a second work time if they are not sleeping. On Fridays, the children participate in a rotation of Art, Spanish, and Creative Dance.
All Montessori teachers and classroom assistants have been trained and/or certified in the Montessori method through the American Montessori Society. For more information on the American Montessori Society please visit www.amshq.org.
“A Montessori classroom is a child-size laboratory which allows children to explore at their age appropriate level and pace.”
Montessori Garden provides two daily snacks as well as a catered lunch for each child. We are not a “no nut” facility, but are fully capable of providing alternatives for children with food allergies and sensitivities. We ask that any family that requires food accommodations provide the proper paperwork and medical documentation.
It is our mission to provide a healthy full day experience for children in our care. All children are expected to participate in some version of sleep or rest each day. Following our lunch, children will either sleep in our “Nap Room” or in one of our two classrooms.
Nappers’ families will be issued a cot and a sheet but please bring in a small crib-sized blanket from home. The children that sleep in the classroom are issued a bedroll for them to use each day. The directors will discuss the two options and make suggestions in order to for your child to be successful in our school.
We have always had a very strict health policy, even before COVID. Besides making sure our students, staff, and families stay healthy, a sick child doesn’t experience as much success in the classroom, and they just don’t feel well overall. We feel strongly about standing for children, and making sure their needs for rest and recuperation are met.
We adhere to best practices for maintaining a sanitary and clean environment. We use green cleaning products and reusable washcloths. We have a strong belief in conservation and sustainability and have the children assist in certain chores that help encourage their participation as a citizen of the school and the community as a whole.
Our school is located on the second floor of the historic John B. Allen elementary school in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of North Seattle. Park in the Lower Parking Lot and enter the school through the double doors closest to the playground. We have a keycode locked door. Please knock or ring the bell and a staff member will let you in.