Montessori Co-op

Montessori is a hands-on learning experience developed by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, philosopher, and educator. Students are actively engaged throughout the day, using specially designed materials that provide concrete, multi-sensory learning experiences and self-directed learning. The Montessori classroom changes and grows with the developmental needs of each child. SVEC’s Montessori Co-op is open to K-10th grade students.

Family Involvement

It is expected that each Montessori family contribute at least 30 hours of volunteer time to our program each year. There are many ways to do this and each volunteer opportunity improves the learning experience for all of our students.

Families Who Find Success in our Montessori Co-op:

  • Provide an enriched home environment that compliments the Montessori philosophy.
  • Are comfortable with students being exposed to the content of Cosmic Education and the Five Great Lessons.
  • Embrace the blending of Montessori philosophy with homeschooling and public alternative schooling.
  • Are excited to be one of their child’s primary educators!

    Montessori counts for 5 weight of classes. Enrollment in any specialty program at Sky Valley Education Center is considered full time and is not eligible for shared enrollment with any other public school. Shared enrollment is available in our Parent Partnership Program.


    Montessori Philosophy

    In Montessori schools throughout the world, children develop the habits and skills of lifelong learners. Within the prepared environment of the Montessori classroom, students learn in educational partnership with parents, peers, and trained guides. Montessori students develop self-confidence because their interests are heard and honored. When a child’s learning is self-directed and self-initiated, they will engage in a process of mastery learning which develops their unique potential.

    Our Program Integrates:

    • Scientific Theories of Earth and Life Sciences
    • Practical Life Activities
    • Sensorial Activities
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Language Arts
    • Peace Education
    • Outdoor Activities

    Our Staff

    Our staff consists of highly trained Montessori teachers and guides. These individuals are followers of Montessori who believe in and trust that all children are naturally intelligent in all kinds of ways.

    “A child who has become master of his acts through long, pleasant and interesting activities in which he has engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline. .”
    ~Dr. Maria Montessori

    Montessori Curriculum

    Early Montessori (Kindergarten at SVEC)

    The prepared environment provides our youngest students experiences in: Sensorial, Practical Life, Language, Mathematics, Science and Culture, Fine Arts, and Peace Education.

    Elementary Montessori (1st to 6th Grade)

    The core curriculum in Elementary Montessori branches from the Five Great Lessons. They are: the Creation of the Universe, the Coming of Life to Earth, the Coming of Humans, the Story of Language and the Story of Mathematics

    Class Schedule

    Our program meets three days a week. The remaining portion of the school week should be nurtured through a family commitment to engage in offsite learning activities.

    Meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays
    Kindergarten: 9am to 1pm
    1st to 6th Grades: 9am to 3pm


    Adolescent Montessori

    Our program seeks to live and grow into the following cornerstones of the international Adolescent Montessori movement:

    • The Adolescent Syllabus – The Study of Nature, The Study of Human Technology, The Study of the History of Humanity, Language, Creative Expression, and Occupations (work for the community). Students pursue their study of mathematics at home or in one of the many classes offered at Sky Valley.
    • The Micro-economy – Students are to learn the process of production and exchange, through crafting items for our twice-yearly markets, and planting, growing and selling produce in our hoop house, under the guidance of local organic farmer Vince Caruso.
    • The Little Community – the Sky Valley community provides a wonderful place to begin the exploration of the wider world outside the prepared classroom. Projects are scaled for success, and parents and other guests add additional mentoring. Occasional field trips, including an end-of-year overnight camping trip and a long-weekend high school trip allow students to branch out and explore the larger region.
    • Pedagogy of Place – the learning environment expands from the classroom out towards the neighborhood and the region and allows us to investigate our most accessible resource – where and who we are.

    What a student says: “Adolescent Montessori is a collaborative and fun way of learning! Students guide each other in hands-on group projects and enjoy self-guided studies based on their interests.”

    Class Schedule

    Grade Levels: 7-10
    Monday: 9:00am - 3:20pm
    Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Interested in our program?

    Please contact us to set up a class observation. We highly suggest spending a ½ day observing in Elementary and a full day in Adolescent Montessori.

    Sky Valley Education Center
    351 Short Columbia
    Monroe, WA 98272

    Phone: (360) 804-2700

    Email: jacobsm@monroe.wednet.edu
    Fax: (360) 804-2759

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