Welcome to Montessori Habitat

 

 

We are committed to offering Montessori educational opportunities for children ages 3 through 8th grade in a manner that is deemed safe for children and teachers during the Covid pandemic. Our offerings for Fall 2020 include: 

 

  • In-person learning in an outdoor setting, weather permitting. 
  • 100% remote learning.
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Our Story

We’re celebrating our 20th year of providing outstanding Montessori education to the children of families in Champaign-Urbana, Savoy, and outlying communities. We’re grateful for all the fabulous children and families whose lives we’ve shared. It has been quite a fantastic 20 years and we are looking forward to serving families for the next 20 and beyond!

Location: 805 West Kirby Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Telephone: (217) 366-3260

Email: admin@montessorihabitatschool.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3:30pm

OUR CLASSROOMS

Two unique features of all Montessori classrooms are the multi-aged classrooms and the use of the word “work” to describe what the children are doing. The plural “works” is used to refer to the various activities in the classroom. 

Primary Class

In the primary classroom, children from the age of 3 through kindergarten form the learning community.

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Elementary Class

Our elementary classroom is comfortable and homey, filled with Montessori materials designed to help concretely explain abstract ideas and allow exploration.

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Middle Year Classroom

The middle year classroom at Montessori Habitat promotes the growth of each student through vigorous academic pursuits and vibrant community activities.

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Mission

Our Mission & Vision

We care deeply about rigorous academics, school climate, and community.

As Montessori educators, we work with joy and commitment to encourage a lifelong love of learning.  We have created a supportive community of learners in which students can explore and grow their interests, embrace the work of becoming educated, and develop into capable leaders that value justice and kindness.

Our Flora and fauna

There’s so much going on with our gardens! They are always evolving, ever in need of weeding, and nearly always offering us some type of bounty. They are a beautiful part of our school, filled with learning challenges, experiences, successes, and failures. They are empowering, motivating, and peaceful places!

Our Gardens

There’s so much going on with our gardens! They are always evolving, ever in need of weeding, and nearly always offering us some type of bounty. They are a beautiful part of our school, filled with learning challenges, experiences, successes, and failures. They are empowering, motivating, and peaceful places!

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Our Puppy

We welcomed Parasol (Pari), our new Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) puppy, on September 2015! Pari follows in the pawprints of Montessori Habitat’s first puppy, a golden retriever named Sunflower (aka Sunny) who joined our school in October of 1997.

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Out Hatchery

Ducklings and baby chicks – plus the occasional robin!

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EXPANDING LEARNING

Students will suggest activities, field trips, and additional resources useful to carry out their ideas. A wide variety of presentations are frequently created, from speeches to plays, to share with their classmates and teachers. 

Class Trips

In addition to regular field trips, our 8th grade class traditionally takes a graduating trip. Our 2016 graduating trip took us all the way to Selma, Alabama, and beyond!

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Cooking Class

Our elementary classroom is comfortable and homey, filled with Montessori materials designed to help concretely explain abstract ideas and allow exploration.

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Other Activities

Our 5th and 6th years embarked on a timeline creation project based on our history shelves. Meanwhile, our elementary students enjoyed a month-long, inquiry-based study of the moon.

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Our Butterfly and Ruby-throated Hummingbird Garden

Our Butterfly and Ruby-throated Hummingbird Garden

Our butterfly and hummingbird garden provides such a peaceful, welcoming, cozy spot to observe and support wildlife.  Awe and wonder are definitely alive in all who sit quietly and observe.  A question as simple as "What kind of animal is that?" often begins a child's...

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2016 Graduation Trip to Alabama and Tennessee

2016 Graduation Trip to Alabama and Tennessee

For the 2016 8th year graduation trip, a gift from our school to our graduates, we headed to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee.  While our students and teachers have much knowledge about the struggles and challenges faced, visiting...

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Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail – Birmingham

Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail – Birmingham

We arrived in Birmingham on Sunday morning in time to attend the service at The 16th Street Baptist Church.  We were so graciously and warmly welcomed!  Our group represented many different religious and non-religious traditions, but all of us...

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Poems in Honor of Sweet Puppies

Poems in Honor of Sweet Puppies

NorthStar II  by Abigail  Long, soft tail, Big, wet nose, Large, brown eyes like starry skies, Big, floppy ears, and a love for toys! Squeaky by Isabel She's a dog She likes to bite on her hot dog into the night Squeaky, Squeaky, Squeaky it goes Keeping Ms....

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