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Brookfield Couple Opens La Grange Park’s First Montessori

Jamie and Steve Archer’s Children’s House Montessori School on 31st Street opened earlier this November and is currently accepting students.

Quality child-care and early preschool education are always in high demand in the La Grange area, and parents now have a new option for their kids with Children’s House Montessori School, which opened earlier this month on 31st Street in La Grange Park.

The preschool and kindergarten is run by Jamie and Steve Archer of Brookfield, the mom and dad of their own four kids. Jamie is a Montessori veteran with an M.A. in teaching from Dominican University; Steve is a Marines veteran and formerly completed teaching curriculum at Rosary College.

The Archers have spent most of 2012 setting up their classroom space at 1015 E. 31st Street, and said that their neighbors, and the Village of La Grange Park, have all been highly excited about and supportive of their move-in.

They have set up their classroom according to traditional Montessori principles of constructivist education, encouraging students to discover knowledge through exploration with learning tools, in classroom areas geared towards “practical life” and “sensory” development, for instance.

“Everything is very concrete at this age; everything has a sequential progression,” said ‘Ms. Jamie.’ “The whole classroom flows as a sequence, but each area also flows as a sequence. And that I think is one of the main things that sets Montessori aside from traditional education.”

The school also has a small garden out back where the Archers grow and dry sunflowers, for tactile fun and they also have a turnip-growing science experiment in the front window, as well as classroom pets. 

“Part of what I most like about Montessori is its connection to nature,” ‘Steve Steve’ said. “It definitely teaches a respect for nature.”

A sure hit for the school’s students: it is located directly across from La Grange Park Fire Station No. 2, offering kids the chance to frequently see that beloved childhood staple—the fire truck—in action.

The school offers half-day, full-day and post-school care for kids ages three through kindergarten, and are currently accepting new students. Full-day students at the school also enjoy outdoor activities in Robinhood Park, followed by an organic catered lunch and a brief naptime.

For more information, check out the Children’s House Montessori website.

Darren McRoy November 29, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Sometimes it takes a moment extra for the Facebook link to appear. You can also copy-paste it in Facebook! Thanks so much!
the children's house montessori school November 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Thanks so much for your kind words!
Diane Fiszer November 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I have had the pleasure of working with Steve and Jamie during volunteer events at Park Junior High. They are wonderful people and parents. I am sure their enthusiasm and love of learning will be duly reflected in their new preschool. Best of luck. Diane Fiszer
Cindy P. November 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Welcome to the community! I really appreciate the pure Montessori curriculum. I hope we can work together in the future. We will certainly send you some new enrollment. Little People's Academy of Arts & Education
the children's house montessori school December 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Thanks you Diane and Cindy! Diane it was always a pleasure working with you! Thanks for all of your help :) Cindy we love to collaborate!Thanks for the offer, that sounds good :)

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