Welcome to

Dancing Pines Montessori!

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori is a brain-based developmental education method that allows children to make creative choices in how they discover the people, places and knowledge of the world. It emphasizes hands-on learning, self-expression and collaborative work in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace and joy.

Dr. Steven J. Hughes, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Chair of AMI’s Global Research Committee

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

Dr. Maria Montessori
a MESSAGE FROM our head of school

Kelly Severson-Kunz

Montessori education is such a wonderful way to teach small human beings who grow at their own pace; fulfilling their social, emotional, and spiritual needs while gently introducing and practicing academics.

Children cannot learn if their affective filter is high, so we need to nurture relationships to gain that trust and lower the filter to allow true learning to happen.

Our teachers know that children must learn at their own pace otherwise we will see emotional anxiety present itself. We teach the whole child. Kindness, perseverance, resilience, grit, self-regulation, discipline, social awareness, honesty, and love. Skills such as cooking, planting, sewing, art, music, animal care, care of the environment are taught in addition to learning math, science, and language.

Some children pick things up faster than others and that is how they are made. We do not blow on the butterfly wings to hurry up the process.

We trust in the child to show us when they are ready for more.