In nurturing the balance of the individual child, love is found. A love for kindness, wisdom, knowledge, respect, character, friends, art, music, and academics.
At Willow Montessori, our classrooms provide a rich learning environment designed to help children develop focus, independence, exploration skills, responsibility, and a sense of order. Our classrooms offer opportunities for children ages 3 months through 9 years.
See the Montessori difference at Willow Montessori!
Cultural Activities are a specific extension of the language curriculum where children begin to acquire a sense of historical fact, classification of physical geography and an appreciation of cultural differences.
Practical Life is the study of self-help skills and focuses on the four major areas, Care of Self, Care of Environment, Grace and Courtesy, and Movement.
Sensorial uses a multi-sensory approach to education. Children are encouraged to learn by processing information gathered through the sen.
Math continues the cognitive math development that began in the Practical Life Skills and Sensorial curriculum, taking an acute focus and more abstract thinking process with concrete materials.
What Makes Us Special?
Our students have the opportunity to find out just who they are, on their own timetable, in a child-centered environment where their individuality is cherished.
A warm and nurturing environment with a professional and well-trained, experienced faculty.
An innovative learning environment that fosters deeper thought and stimulates questioning and student-led research.
Opportunities for parent involvement in the school’s culture.
Natural Play Areas
Natural play areas and gardens that the children assist in caring for, promoting responsibility and independence.
Love & Care
Home-like learning environments that the children assist in caring for, promoting responsibility and independence.
In the summer of 2014, Willow Montessori (formerly Plaza Montessori) was established in Kansas City, MO. Our goal is to provide a prepared environment to help children develop an exceptional foundation for creative learning. Music, Art, Dance, Story-Telling, Nature and Languages enhance daily classroom activities.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
How we differ from a traditional daycare and kindergarten
Parents of our students will tell you that the biggest difference between our school and a traditional daycare or kindergarten can be found in the light they see in their child’s eyes each day. This light is their child’s drive to learn and develop; it represents the key contrast between Montessori schools and traditional schools.
Both Montessori and traditional preschools have the same goal: to provide learning experiences for the child. The differences lie in the types of learning experiences each school provides and the methods they use to accomplish this goal. We believe these differences are crucial because they help shape how a child learns, whether they enjoy learning, and their future attitude towards themselves and the world around them.
My son has thrived at Willow Montessori. The teachers are caring, patient, flexible, and committed to excellence. They’ve been great about supporting us in breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and potty training. I love getting the daily report sheet that lets me know what my son worked on, how he ate, and his potty and nap cycles. Even though I’m away, I still get to know what kind of day he had. I feel confident that his caregivers provide a safe, engaging environment for him.
Willow(Plaza) becomes a family environment where your child will grow, learn and thrive in a loving and comfortable environment that they control. Our son, at two, would point out triangles everywhere saying, “See that triangle? Three corners and three sides.” He also knew every letter by sight.