“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

    – Maria Montessori


    The Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment where children are naturally driven to work and learn. The child’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them the opportunity to engage in meaningful hands on activities. Through these activities, children develop independence, concentration, persistence, and discipline. Within this framework of order, they progress at their own pace and rhythm according to their own interests and abilities.

    Montessori facilitates a natural love for learning. We follow the child. Once children adjust to a Montessori classroom, they see, enjoy, and discover more about the world. The Montessori materials naturally inspire the inquisitive nature of the child leading them to think of new ways to do things. They open the child to learn for themselves.

    Montessori seeks to educate the whole child and takes their education beyond the class room. Montessori equips the child for everyday life. They acquire practical skills giving them purpose and enabling them to be a contributing member of their family, classroom, and community.

    Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential. A traditional education often has a set curriculum based on the child’s age with the expectation that children need to progress through material at the same pace and each attain optimal results. It just doesn’t happen. It won’t happen. Why? Because no two children are at the same spot in their development. In a Montessori environment, both students can meet their full potential and work at their own pace. Learn more about the Montessori Approach HERE

    We work on five major areas photographed, listed and outlined below.


    Pre-reading activities include Lotto where they examine, identify and match images.


    Sandpaper numerals are traced to learn the name of the number and how it is written.


    Food prep activity of cutting an apple encourages healthy eating, an important life skill.

  • Practical Life: The Practical Life area is the foundation of the classroom. In this area, you will find works that strengthen the child’s fine motor skills and sense of order. In addition, there are many activities to teach the child to care for themselves and their environment. Purposeful works like pouring, buttoning, and table scrubbing build the child’s confidence and motivate them to explore other areas of the classroom. Art is also located in this area.

    Sensorial: The Sensorial area has a variety of works to educate the senses. The child develops her senses by exploring shapes, sounds, colors, and sizes. In this area, you will find activities like the Pink Tower and the Knobbed Cylinder Blocks.

    Mathematics: The Mathematics area allows the child to concretely work with manipulatives unique to a Montessori classroom. The extensive curriculum spans from the basic works of one through ten and sequentially progresses to working to 1000. Other activities include addition, subtraction, and fractions.

    Language: The Language area contains many pre-reading activities like recognizing opposites, rhyming, and matching. These works along with phonics establish the foundation for learning to read. Once the child masters short vowel reading and writing, consonant blends, long vowels, and grammar are introduced. Handwriting is an essential part of this area.

    Cultural Subjects: This unique Montessori area contains both science and cultural activities. A wide variety of works that teach zoology, botany, geography, and telling time are available. Using a hands-on approach, the children discover nature and the world around them. Creating maps of the world is a favorite activity in this area.


    Learning the Months of the Year


    Washing hands to have snack with a friend!


    Learning parts of a bird book making.

  • The curriculum for Preschool becomes more challenging and does require daily attendance. Our Preschool Class starts at 8:30 am and concludes at 11:30. All enrolled students are eligible for Full Time Childcare starting as early as 7:00 am till 5:30 pm. If your child is not enrolled in care or any additional programs pick up time is between 11:30 and 11:45 am.

    A typical day for our full time Preschool students would include lunch time starting at 11:45 am. Story time at 12:15 pm, naps starting at 12:30 and waking around 2:30 pm. When the children wake from nap we have snack time followed by group time. At 3:15 pm the children have recess; length and time is contingent on the weather. From 4:00-5:30 pm (end of day) the children have free play in an environment enriched with imaginative, artistic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

    Available for children at the age of 4 is our K4 & K5 Program. If your child is no longer napping, is interested in doing more advanced curriculum, and able to follow directions, they may be ready for a more advanced school day! Read more about our  K4 & K5 Program HERE.

    All of our classrooms have a Lead Teacher and an Assistant. Our Preschool Classrooms accommodate up to 25 students. Ages typically range between 3-6 years, but since placement is based on child readiness and tioleting, it can be as young as 2 1/2 years! Our teachers are Montessori trained and certified. Meet our teachers below and for more information please read our FAQ’s or reach out to schedule a tour!


    NIkki Madisen

    Preschool & Kindergarten Lead Teacher

    Lisa Harris

    Preschool & Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Lori Geisler


  • Contact us today to schedule a tour & to learn more about our programs


    “We love our Small World and so do our kids. Our two girls have shown so much growth in all the areas we feel are truly important for their future development. What we wanted most for our children is a place that balances setting structural foundations of learning with freedom of personal development. We feel the method and staff at Small World Montessori accomplish that goal immensely well. Our children are disappointed when we tell them there is no school, we never have to talk them into going and we are confident they are in great hands. We are so happy we chose to bring our kids here!! Thanks to all the staff at Small World Montessori.”



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    How do I know if Montessori education is a good fit for my child? Montessori programs are a good fit for most children. The method focuses on individual learning allowing the child to work at their own pace. Socialization is learned naturally with daily interactions during snack, group, and work time. Children are able to work independently or in a small group. The Montessori classroom is designed to be inviting, calm, and structured to allow the child the ability to learn academic and real-life skills.

    At what age can my child start school? Children can begin attending Small World at 2 years of age (24 months) in our Toddler program. Children can begin attending our preschool program when they are fully potty trained and able to attend 5 days a week.

    What grades does Small World have? Small World has a toddler program for 2-3 year olds, a preschool morning program for 3 – 4 year olds and a full day (8:30 am – 2:30 pm) 4K and Kindergarten. All grades have both part time and full time childcare available.

    Does my child have to go 5 days a week? Children attending the Toddler program are able to choose between 3, 4, and 5 days a week. Our preschool, 4K, and 5K classrooms are 5 day a week program. It has been our experience, that Montessori students thrive with daily attendance. Just imagine that your child received their first lesson with the Map of the World on Monday and then is absent on Tuesday. The excitement and knowledge learned in that earlier lesson may be lost. In addition to losing learning momentum, the 3-6-year-old classroom functions as a small community. If your child does not attend daily they miss out on a special lesson, celebration, or social opportunity.

    How do children transition into traditional education? It is Small World’s goal to not only assist our students in achieving academic excellence, but to help the child develop habits that will last them a lifetime. Doing your best, finishing what you start, self-initiative, respect for yourself, others and the environment are just some of the important characteristics we hope to instill in our youngest community members. Good habits and strong academic skills allow the child to successfully transition to any school.

    What is Extended Day? Our Extended Day program is comparable to a traditional 4K and 5K class. Children ages 4-6 years of age have an extended school day (8:30 – 2:30 pm). During this time, our oldest students gather together to have further lessons with our more advanced materials, practice reading and writing, and do special group activities like art, music, and yoga.

    What is Montessori First Steps Playgroup? This program gives parents the opportunity to spend quality time with your very young child (birth – 2 ½ years). This hour-long class (9 – 10 am) allows the young child the ability to explore an enriched Montessori classroom with the security of child’s parent/caregiver. You will also learn about various topics relating to child development and parenting. Enjoy the opportunity to observe your child interacting with age appropriate activities and peacefully playing with peers. Four-week sessions are held through out the year.

    How do I know if Montessori education is a good fit for my child? Montessori programs are a good fit for most children. The method focuses on individual learning allowing the child to work at their own pace. Socialization is learned naturally with daily interactions during snack, group, and work time. Children are able to work independently or in a small group. The Montessori classroom is designed to be inviting, calm, and structured to allow the child the ability to learn academic and real-life skills.

    Can my family afford Montessori education? Small World strives to make Montessori education affordable to our community. A scholarship program is available to families solely based on financial need. In addition, Small World, as a state licensed childcare, is able to take *Shares Subsidy, to help pay for tuition and childcare cost. *Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality child care while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity. Wisconsin Shares is implemented locally by counties and tribes.