Montessori

About

For over 40 years, the Montessori program at Sacred Heart Catholic School has guided the young child in his/her spiritual, social, emotional and academic formation. 

Within the community of a multi-age classroom, designed to create natural opportunities for independent learning and exploration by the child, Sacred Heart Montessori children embrace multi-sensory learning and passionate inquiry. Individual students follow their own curiosity at their own pace, taking the time they need to fully understand each concept and meet individualized learning goals. Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be confident, enthusiastic and self-directed learners and citizens, accountable to both themselves and their community. They think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly with integrity. 

History

In 1982, additional growth to the educational offerings of Sacred Heart Catholic School came in the establishment of a Montessori program. The first Sacred Heart Montessori building was located off the parish grounds in a converted home. In 1985, new facilities for the Montessori school were built on parish grounds, with expansions to that facility in 2012 for the kindergarten program. With the addition of the Montessori program, Sacred Heart offers a Catholic education to students as young as three years. 

Parent Testimonials

"In our Montessori program, our children are allowed to work at their pace with individualized instruction. All of their academic and social strengths are enhanced and any weaker areas get the extra needed attention. Our daughter loved this environment and it was the very best foundation we could have given her to begin her educational journey. She thrived in this environment, and was given the foundation she has needed to be successful in her elementary and middle school years. We wish the Montessori program went through elementary school!"
"Our Montessori program allows our children to learn in a caring environment that challenges and rewards them at their independent level. They are provided with the very best individualized attention that develops their academic prowess, setting the foundation for their future academic career."
"This school has made a tremendous impact on the lives of my children. My son started in 1st grade and my daughter started in PK-4. The classes focused on my child’s individual needs and the curriculum was creative, challenging and fun. The teachers were dedicated to ensure each child reach their full potential. The foundation that Montessori education provides prepared them to excel in the standard elementary classroom."

Summer Reading

Our summer reading program has two main purposes. First, our summer reading program aims to benefit students by preventing the “summer slide” in literacy, so that students can have a happy and successful start to school next year. Second, our summer reading program aims to promote a love for reading books that are both wholesome and enjoyable. To that end, we have carefully curated this list to include many options, topics, and reading levels. If your child starts a book that is too difficult or unenjoyable, please feel free to let him pick a different option.

For children entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, parents, please read aloud daily for at least 15-30 minutes from a wholesome book that you both enjoy, such as:

Summer reading list
  • The Story of the Bible, TAN / Pelicano
  • The Little Engine That Could, Piper
  • Psalm 23, Watson
  • The Little House, Burton
    Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Kipling/Davis
  • Ink Garden of Brother Theophane, Millen
  • Angel in the Waters, Doman
  • The Weight of a Mass, Nobisso
  • Miss Rumphius, Cooney
  • Brigid’s Cloak, Milligan
  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales, Potter
  • The Tale of Three Trees, Hunt
  • Rumpelstiltskin, Zelinsky
  • The Giving Tree, Silverstein
  • Make Way for Ducklings, McCloskey
  • The Story about Ping, Flack & Wiese
  • Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables, Daily The Big Snow, Hader
  • Saint George and the Dragon, Hodges
  • Katy and the Big Snow, Burton
  • This Is the Church, Warner
  • Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Archipova
  • Br. Francis and the Friendly Beasts, Hodges
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gag
  • The 4th of July Story, Dalgliesh
  • The Selfish Giant, Wilde
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Brown
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Galdone
  • The Ugly Duckling, Pinkney
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Seuss
  • Noah’s Ark, Pinkney
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Seuss Horton Hears a Who!, Seuss
  • Roxaboxen, McLerran
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Seuss
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Giles
  • Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel, Burton One Morning in Maine, McCloskey
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch, Craft George Washington, d’Aulaire
  • Abraham Lincoln, d’Aulaire
  • The Boy Who Held Back The Sea, Locker 
  • Adventures of Pinocchio,Collodi (Sterling) 
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Archipova
  • The Story of the Bible, TAN / Pelicano
  • The Little Engine That Could, Piper
  • Psalm 23, Watson
  • The Little House, Burton
    Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Kipling/Davis
  • Ink Garden of Brother Theophane, Millen
  • Angel in the Waters, Doman
  • The Weight of a Mass, Nobisso
  • Miss Rumphius, Cooney
  • Brigid’s Cloak, Milligan
  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales, Potter
  • The Tale of Three Trees, Hunt
  • Rumpelstiltskin, Zelinsky
  • The Giving Tree, Silverstein
  • Make Way for Ducklings, McCloskey
  • The Story about Ping, Flack & Wiese
  • Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables, Daily The Big Snow, Hader
  • Saint George and the Dragon, Hodges
  • Katy and the Big Snow, Burton
  • This Is the Church, Warner
  • Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Archipova
  • Br. Francis and the Friendly Beasts, Hodges
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gag
  • The 4th of July Story, Dalgliesh
  • The Selfish Giant, Wilde
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Brown
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Galdone
  • The Ugly Duckling, Pinkney
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Seuss
  • Noah’s Ark, Pinkney
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Seuss Horton Hears a Who!, Seuss
  • Roxaboxen, McLerran
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Seuss
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Giles
  • Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel, Burton One Morning in Maine, McCloskey
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch, Craft George Washington, d’Aulaire
  • Abraham Lincoln, d’Aulaire
  • The Boy Who Held Back The Sea, Locker 
  • Adventures of Pinocchio,Collodi (Sterling) 
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Archipova

Questions?

For questions about our Montessori Kindergarten program, contact Laura Scheid at laurascheid@shmuenster.comFor questions about the Montessori PreK 3-4 program, contact Kayla Felderhoff at kaylafelderhoff@shmuenster.com