A Montessori preschool experience,
in a welcoming home-like environment.
|Morning Arrival: 8:00-8:30
|Afternoon Dismissal: 2:30-3:00
|Afterschool care is available 3:00-4:00 at $12 an hour. Advance notice of care is needed.
The School Year is from the last week of August through the 4th week of June.
Summer Camp is for six weeks, starting at the beginning of July.
The School Year tuition is a yearly rate divided into ten monthly payments for convenience.
|$9,800 yearly, ten monthly payments of $980
Total days of school for 5-day schedule: 195
| $7,500 yearly, ten monthly payments of $750
Total days of school for 3-day schedule: 113
|$6,000 yearly, ten monthly payments of $600
Total days of school for 2-day schedule: 79
The Summer Camp tuition is $250 per week or any particular day at $50 per day.
Review this website. School hours, calendar, location, pricing, and most importantly, Montessori Methodology information are all available on this website.
After reviewing the website and deciding that our school will be a good fit for your family, you need to contact the school.
You can reach us by filling out the Contact Form on this website.
Our website is extensive, but if you don’t find the answer to your question, let us know on the contact form.
You can schedule a tour for you and your child. If you don't want to visit but do have questions, refer back to Step 4.
Open Enrollment for those on the waitlist will begin in April. To secure a place on the waitlist, a school visit is required.
We love our school and all that we offer, but we encourage you to visit other schools for comparison. We know finding a good fit for your family is essential.
Please note: we do not allow unannounced “walk-in” visits. Prospective parents must make an appointment to visit the school.
However, parents with children currently enrolled in our school have the legal right to enter the school unannounced at any time. This is the law, but it would be our policy regardless.
Annual visits from state licensing and safety inspections from the fire department are always unannounced. When they arrive, they have complete access to the school.
Montessori Children’s House of Lemon Grove is proud to have met the qualifications required by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) under Child Care Aware® of America for our Military Families.
Please note: While Montessori Children’s House of Lemon Grove made considerable effort to receive these certifications, we are not affiliated with the military. Any aid received will be applied to tuition, but tuition is due in full regardless of whether your request for fee assistance is granted.
The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic guidelines will be updated as data and information change. We stay up-to-date through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Provider Information Notices (PIN). We also attend ongoing County Health telebriefings.
With this information and guidelines, MCHLG is following, and will continue to follow, the most current laws, mandates, requirements, and recommendations issued by Federal, State, and local authorities.
The expectation is for participants in our preschool program to do the same to ensure general safety and well-being.
We believe all children should feel safe at school, and children learn that they cannot engage in actions that hurt themselves, others, or the school. Safety is always our priority, especially for our outside play. We use positive, proactive statements such as “Please walk to get your lunch.” instead of “Stop running!”
We encourage the children to work out their differences with each other. When needed, we will help mediate their disagreements, showing them how to talk to each other to resolve their problem. Children are discouraged from “tattling” and encouraged to give their friends a chance to right the situation. Many disagreements and hurt feelings come from misunderstood intentions. Forcing a child to say, “I’m sorry,” does not settle conflicts.
Here is an example of a disagreement and how we would handle it.
Situation: Aaron unknowingly hits Beatrice with his mat when he puts away his work. Beatrice becomes upset and tells a teacher Aaron hit her.
If the teacher only comforts Beatrice, Beatrice is not learning how to handle future problems. If the teacher decides to jump in and punish Aaron prematurely, that resolution is unfair.
Instead, the teacher can work with Beatrice to help her talk with Aaron. Beatrice could start with the statement, “Aaron, you hit me with your mat.” Since Aaron did not realize this at the time, he may become defensive and upset, “No, I didn’t!” This is a vital teaching moment. By helping Aaron understand that he accidentally hit Beatrice, his response to Beatrice can change to “I’m sorry, Beatrice. I didn’t know I hit you with my mat. Are you alright?” He may offer a hug or a tissue for her tears. Beatrice has learned to speak up for herself and knows how to handle a future problem with a friend. She has given a friend the opportunity to right a situation and, by doing that, has had her injury acknowledged. Beatrice can now thank Aaron for his sincere apology and move on with her day.
At some time, all children exhibit behavior that needs correcting. However, not all children can be disciplined the same way due to age, the frequency of the behavior, length of time spent in the environment, and child’s personality. The main points used in disciplining a child at Montessori Children’s House of Lemon Grove are:
•A child must understand what behavior is acceptable before being expected to follow that behavior.
The school rules are explained to the children as they learn the school expectations.
•A child must be able to follow the rules.
As they grow in age, the children also grow to follow the school rules.
•Behavioral choices lead to consequences.
Giving consequences is to teach a lesson that leads to positive choices. It encourages self-examination, accepting responsibility for ones’ actions, the ability to learn from mistakes, and the development of an inner voice of self-control.
Spanking, hitting, slapping, shaking, verbal or emotional abuse are not permitted.
Working for a child’s success is essential for classroom management, including anticipating a child’s behavior. Moving children closer to a teacher, reminding them of the rules before starting an activity, helping them express themselves with their words to voice their feelings, and acknowledging improved behavior are ways we discipline them.
If a child continues a hurtful or dangerous behavior, we will separate them from the group until they can control their actions. A teacher will sit near them, and when they feel ready to rejoin the group, the teacher will help them after first talking about the situation and reminding them of the rules. The teacher will help them make amends (if needed) to any friend they might have hurt with their actions or words. We do not use the term “time out.”
Denise had my three kids in her school from when they were 2 years old until they entered kindergarten. I saw my kids become self-sufficient by learning practical skills and engaged in math, language, music, and art materials at a very early age. I have always believed in the Montessori educational approach and we made the right choice with Ms. Denise and her school.A.B.
This is an AMAZIMG school. We brought our daughter here when she was a little bit over a year. We investigated and looked at many schools in the area and beyond, and this was by far the BEST choice. We feel like the school helps her mature and grow each day without the stress and competitiveness that other schools promote.L.M.
Thank you for all the wonderful years! You have truly been a blessing in our lives for all three of our sons.J.M. and L.M.
My son went here for 3 years. Denise is the most caring and capable teacher you could want for your child. Always puts the best interest of your child first. He learned so much! What a wonderful place to be.S.G.
I remember all the fun I had at Summer Camp and learning about dinosaurs. When I came back to help with Thanksgiving meal when I was in elementary school was wonderful and fun! I had a good start in school because of all I learned from you.alumni S.C, K.C., and A.C.