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Renovations nearly complete at new Montessori School in Chesterton

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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 transformation.

Chesterton 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.

About Montessori

Maria Montessori 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.


Posted 8/12/2019




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