For nearly 53 years, Countryside Montessori School has maintained its commitment to educating the whole child in a warm, loving, nurturing Montessori envi-ronment, helping children reach their full potential as independent, lifelong learn-ers. In 2012, Countryside earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jenifer Hanser, director of Countryside Montessori School and mother of six. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
The Montessori phi-losophy is founded on respect for and awareness of the individuality of the child. Countryside’s classrooms feature a wide range of materials and exercises in the areas of practical life, sensorial, mathematics, geography, language, and science. Lessons in music and art also are offered.
The expansive grounds showcase a new trike path and dramatic play area along with a natural playground and majestic trees – a perfect atmosphere for free play, swinging, climbing and sliding – and a fenced corral for two resident ponies.
Countryside of-fers half-day, full-day and extended-day programs for children ages 8 weeks through kindergarten, plus Mom’s Day Out, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and summer camp programs.
“Seeing a child with confidence and self-esteem is truly rewarding,” Hanser said. “To touch so many young children and to know Countryside has helped nurture them into life-long learners – there is no better feeling.”
Countryside Montessori School
12226 Ladue Rd. • Creve Coeur
(314) 434-2821 • www.montessori4children.com