After many months
of renovation, the Chesterton Montessori School is ready to begin the
2019-2020 school year. Chesterton Montessori has served the community for
over 35 years. The business was purchased earlier this year and the former
Methodist Activity Center (aka MAC), at 135 West Lincoln Ave., in downtown
Chesterton, was acquired and renovations begun of the entire building.
The 13,000+ square
foot building, originally the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and more recently
the site of the Duneland Boys & Girls Club, has been part of many
generations at the core of the community. Renovations included a new roof,
parking lot, new walls, windows, kitchen remodels, additional washrooms, new
paint, observation windows, carpet, tile, and a brand new fenced in
playground. Gariup Construction has been a key component in this endeavor.
Call the office at
926-2359 to schedule a tour and stop in to see the incredible
Montessori School will service toddlers, early childhood, and elementary
children through 6th grade. The school offers half and full day options for
toddler and early childhood age children. Before and after school care will
be available as well as after-school enrichment programs.
All of Chesterton
Montessoriís directresses are certified through the American Montessori
Society accredited training program. This allows for a hands-on approach to
training and education. With a staff of 22 the school is proud to have more
than 189 combined years of service and experience. Over 15 teachers have
been with the school for more than five years and, with a new passion and
vision, they plan to provide education for generations to come.
based her educational method on the observation that children are
intrinsically motivated to learn and develop themselves. All adults must do
is create a well-equipped and stimulating environment. In a typical
Montessori classroom, the children independently choose their own
activities, which are designed to teach daily living skills, sensorial
perception, math, writing skills, and reading. As the children reach
elementary age, subjects like history, geography, and the sciences,
(subjects already introduced in the preschool years) are pursued in more
depth. Montessori classrooms are typically organized in three year age
groups (e.g. 3 to 6, 6 to 9, and 9 to 12). The Montessori approach
encourages self-discipline, self-knowledge, independence, academic skills,
problem solving ability, enthusiasm for learning, and executive functioning
skills for life.