Why Montessori



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

Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method was developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori.  The basic idea of her approach is that education is the process by which we assist the child in unlocking his or her own unique potential.

Montessori education focuses on growing and learning through hands-on experience and self-directed exploration, under the guidance of specifically trained and credentialed adults.  The adult in the environment is commonly referred to as a “guide” rather than a “teacher” and is responsible for connecting each individual child with the “Prepared Environment” of beautifully sequenced materials.

 Joliet Montessori offers a comprehensive Montessori curriculum in a unique learning environment for each stage of development.  Our educational approach specifically addresses your child’s distinct characteristics, interests, and needs as he or she moves through the formative stages, transforming and evolving with each stage.

In addition to academic studies, a Montessori education provides invaluable social skills, such as communication, compassion, conflict resolution, and the ability to not only adapt to a changing world but also truly succeed in it.


The Parent/Child class is offered to children ages 24 - 36 months with a parent or caregiver.  It is an introduction to the Montessori environment and theory for both parent and child.  Our prepared environment will aid the children in developing concentration, language skills, coordination, and independence.  Classes are scheduled to meet on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. only.  JMS observes all federal and state-mandated COVID-19 health protocols such as masking, social distancing, physical barriers and frequest disinfecting of spaces and materials including overnight sanitizing.  Because of these regulations, the Parent/Child class is limited to just four students and parents.  Masks are required for everyone.  Families interested are encouraged to contact the school at 815-741-4180 for more information. Click here to register now! 


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The Primary curriculum (ages 3 through 6) is divided into six foundational learning areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and the cultural subjects. Children are engaged in these hands-on areas of activity, which cultivate their ability to express themselves verbally and think with clarity.

Primary Half Day is in session from the end of August until the beginning of June.  For children ages 3 and 4.  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Primary Full Day is in session from the end of August until the beginning of June.  For children ages 3 through 6.  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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The Elementary curriculum (ages 6 through 12) presents children with lessons that offer context for – and connections between – subjects that include mathematics, language arts, geography, history, biology, and chemistry; all within the context of small group research and application.  Elementary students are inspired to be creative, self-directed learners who explore the world around them.

Elementary Program is in session from the end of August until the beginning of June.  For children ages 6 through 12. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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The Adolescent curriculum provides the adolescent with intellectual and physical work opportunities. The integration of knowledge obtained in Elementary on paper, is put into practice in society at the Adolescent level. Students study the human experience throughout time and how it connects with different areas of study, including algebra, history, science, and capitalism.  Through involvement in different business opportunities, students learn valuable lessons about real life problems, conflict resolution and exploring the process of product and exchange. Working within a business, students learn there are practical consequences for their actions.

The combination of academics and social training and exploration leads toward the development of each individual’s self-motivation, self-determination, self-regulation, authenticity and critical thinking. These tools become their “keys to the world”.


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Summer Camp

Joliet Montessori School offers Summer Camp to currently enrolled students only.  Our summer camp is filled with a mix of indoor and outdoor activity, planned projects, and time for free exploration.  Summer Camp hours will be 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Before and after camp care will be available.  Details and registration information for the upcoming summer session is available. Please click here.


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Qualities of a Montessori Culture…

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JMS Open House

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Joliet Montessori School In-Person Open Houses- Wednesday, July 14th and Sunday, July 25th


Upcoming Joliet Montessori School Open Houses


Joliet Montessori School Spring Scramble - Sold Out Event


Joliet Montessori School' First Spring Scramble Golf Outing To Benefit The Annual Fund 


Joliet Montessori School In-Person Open House- Sunday, May 23rd


Upcoming Joliet Montessori School Open House