Children’s House Overview

The Children’s House

Preschool-Kindergarten, Ages 3-6

Children are eligible for the preschool class (Children’s House) at age three.  In keeping with Montessori tradition, there is a multi-age group of three to six year olds in the morning program.  The children remain with their classmates and teachers for three years.  This allows children expanding opportunities for work and social interaction.

The kindergarten children remain together in the afternoon for special activities appropriate for their stage of development. The peer group becomes important at this age and the children enjoy their special time together.  This afternoon group has an opportunity to know the feeling of team cooperation while developing leadership skills.  Continuing the child in the Montessori program in the kindergarten year allows him/her to realize concepts and skills that were previously experienced and practiced, but not yet mastered.

Preschool Daily Schedule

8:30     Arrival

8:45    Group Lessons / Cultural Subjects

9:00    Work Cycle 

11:15    Songs and Movement

11:30   Outside free-play

12:00  Dismissal for 3 and 4-year old children who are half-day

12:00  Kindergarten and all-day preschool children start lunch

              After lunch kindergarten children have free play

              Napping children start rest period

1:00    Kindergarten children- Chapter book reading

1:10     Kindergarten children- Individual or small group lessons

             Work period approximately 60-70 minutes

1:45    Waking 3 and 4-year old children have free choice

2:30   Classroom jobs and cleanup

2:45   Outside free play or Carpool

3:10   Late Care available until 5:30

Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Heartwood is not operating this school year due to COVID-19

Heartwood will reopen in a new location and will have a slight name change. The new name will be Heartwood Village Montessori. This is a group of teachers, former director, and dedicated families who wish to form a non-profit entity for HVM.

If you would like more information or are interested in joining the Heartwood community, please email