Primary Overview

Preschool and Kindergarten

Primary OverviewPrimary OverviewMetro East Montessori School has two Primary classrooms with children (2 ½ through 6 years) doing individual work in a number of areas.

Practical Life exercises teach the children how to care for themselves, others, and the environment. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end and develop their powers of control and concentration.

Sensorial Materials serve as tools for development. Children build cognitive skills and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment.

Language Development is an ongoing process in the Montessori setting. Conversations with peers and teachers, along with story and poetry readings, contribute to a rich oral language environment and help improve reading skills.

Geography, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Art, and Music are presented as extensions of sensorial and language activities.

Mathematic skills are developed using sensorial materials. The work gives children a solid grounding in mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps them develop problem-solving skills.

Field trips for Extended Day students may include trips to the Apple Farm, Kinder Konzerts at Powell Symphony Hall, Storytelling Festival in St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Metro East Montessori School

Our Vision & Objectives

The basic aim of Metro East Montessori School is, in the words of Maria Montessori, "to help the child to help himself". In preparing an environment that provides for the child's inner needs, it is hoped he will be enabled to fulfill his highest potential as an integrated personality.


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Parents' Group

Metro East Montessori Parents' Group

The Montessori Parents' Group sponsors various social and fundraising events throughout the year. These are fun events that allow the parents, staff members, family, and the surrounding community to have a great time while getting to know each other and raising money for the benefit of our children.