Children’s House

Ages 3 to 6 years

The Children’s House classrooms, including Pre-K and Kindergarten children in the same multi-age group, first and foremost, are a “children’s house”: a calming and respectful space that belongs to the children in scale, proportion, flow, comfort, safety, and inspiration. It is a hands-on, interactive, sensorial environment that “calls” to them. It is a place “of grace and beauty”. It is here that the seeds of literacy, numeracy, care of self, others and the environment are sown. Both the practical and wondrous are offered in response to the child’s innate striving toward independence, toward the desire and ability to “do it for myself”.


“Peace Education” is one of the most important components of a good Montessori program, but it is also one of the more difficult integrated aspects to put your finger on and explain. Peace Education is teaching, modeling, and encouraging respect and support of ones self, others, and the community as a whole.

In the Children’s House, we provide lessons and model the skills that are appropriate for developing “peace” for this age group. We use the classic “Peace Table” for individual situations, and also give group and individual lessons using materials. Peace curriculum skills that we work on in the Children’s House level include:

  • identifying and naming feelings in yourself and others
  • respecting of self and others
  • reflective listening and conflict resolution
  • self-calming (anger management)
  • grace and courtesy
  • interconnectedness of all things
  • environmental stewardship
  • befriending and caring for people who are “different” from you

Integrated Curriculum and the Whole Child

As you can see, we have a full curriculum of topics and materials. These “subjects” are fully integrated, as one activity or “work” can cover a variety of areas. By doing this, we are also considering the development of the whole child. We aren’t focused only on typically academic topics but also on the social/emotional and artistic development and expression of every student.

“I wanted to express my appreciation for Hilltop's focus on creative problem solving around getting the children out and moving through different avenues as alternatives to the playground during these icy days. . . Over the past few years I have done a lot of personal research and professional training with staff around self-regulation and have found it has not only benefitted my work, but it has informed our parenting approach with our son, who obviously requires a lot of exercise in his day to find the focus and regulation to do other tasks and find success in busy settings. I continue to advocate for movement whenever possible at my school - Hilltop will keep me inspired. So thank you, and thank you to the staff!”
— Sara Donahue, parent of Children's House and Lower Elementary students
The Toddler Program
Ages 18–36 months
Children’s House
Ages 3–6
Lower Elementary
Ages 6–9
Upper Elementary
Ages 9–12
Middle School
Ages 12 –14