December 2017

MorningStar Montessori School Cedarburg Children’s House

Dr. Maria Montessori began her first school for young children on January 6th, 1906, in the poor San Lorenzo district of Rome. Tenement building owners were very concerned that while the parents of the building went to work, their young children were left to fend for themselves – destroying the building and roaming the neighborhood. These building owners heard of Dr. Montessori’s success with “special needs” children, so they invited her to begin a school for these tenement children within their buildings.

Dr. Montessori opened the doors to “sixty tearful, frightened children,” and she called the school:

“Casa Dei Bambini” or “House of Children”


She spoke about these children being “saviors of the world.”

She helped the children to feel comfortable and happy; she wanted them to feel like they belonged there. So she helped them with their health and nutrition. She taught them to blow their noses and wash their hands; she showed them how to dust and water plants. She gave them joy by showing them how to make beautiful bouquets of flowers, how to wash their towels and napkins, how to dress and care for themselves, and how to care for their “environment.” Gradually, she gave them more responsibility, and as she allowed them to use specially designed materials similar to the materials used by the “special needs” children, these poor children learned how to read and write. On their own, these same children brought their parents to also learn to read and write. She had given them “a measure of freedom, independence, and human dignity.” - the Montessori way.

MorningStar Montessori Wisconsin Children’s House (Primary)

Half Day                                          5 Days            8:30am – 12:00pm      

Recommended for 2 ½ to 4 year old children

Extended Half Day                                          5 Days            8:30am – 12:30pm      

Includes Lunch


Full Day                                          5 Days            8:30am – 3:30pm                  

Required for all 5 and 6 year old children


* Extended Care is also provided daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Milwaukee Area Montessori School Tentative Daily Schedule

Schedule may change for field trips, guests, or special occasions

7:00 – 8:30 am

Students and assistants clean and organize all work areas. Children may go outside or begin work in the classroom.
Students prepare snacks and juices.

8:30 – 11:30 am
Students work in classroom as dictated by their needs. The children are free to move within the environment. Individual and small group lessons are given.

9:00 – 11:30 am 

Small group or individual snacks are given concurrently.
11:30 – 12:00 pm
Group sharing and discussion (line time); Famous persons’ birthdays, special days, origins of holidays, Montessori creative music, poetry, walking on the line, etc.
12:00 – 12:30 pm
12:30 – 1:00 pm
Outdoor recess; Dismissal for half-day students at 1:00 p.m.
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Dictation, Story time, quiet time
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Additional work period; Children move freely within the environment and work with any materials; Individual and small group lessons are given.
3:00 pm Dismissal for full day students
3:00 – 5:30 pm

Extended care.
Children may go outside or continue their work in the classroom.

Cedarburg Montessori School Special Areas Covered Weekly

Monday: Montessori Hands-On Science, History, or Botany
Tuesday: Music Appreciation – the study of famous composers and their works, Instruments of the orchestra, etc.

Art Appreciation - Famous artists: their styles and their work with various media


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium)

Friday: Cooking, Baking, Show and Tell