Marushka, Baker Yon and a whale walk into a Montessori House…

It happens on Fridays.  After we’ve cleared the china from lunch, thrown our napkins in the linen basket and stowed our animal napkin-rings in our cubbies… after our post-luncheon garden safari, our swinging and romping, spotting animals and studying snowflakes… and just after coming back into the coziness of the manse, trading our wellies for house shoes, our explorer coats for comfy sweaters and our gloves for mugs of warm cocoa (or cider, or tea)… on Fridays, our guides and explorers welcome a guest into our House, a wizard of vocabulary and syntax, narrative and imagery, drama and imagination who is Our Storyteller.  This winter we’ve been gathering around the fire with Princeton’s own Maria LoBiondo, with her marvelous case that holds tokens for our favorite tales, alongside others still to be discovered.  Every object leads to a story.  Every story shows us a thing or two about life, hope, resilience and our own humanity.  Thank you, Maria, for guiding us as we all become better keepers and sharers of those memories that we hold dear.  If you get a minute this weekend, grab someone you love and tell them a beautiful story.  Happy winter!

Explore Early Childhood With Us...

We understand the journey that you and your child are taking.  Beyond our work as Montessori educators and early childhood specialists, we're parents and siblings, informed by our own developmental paths, constantly learning and growing.  The search for beautiful and lively early childhood education is familiar to our faculty and staff.  It's what led us to the Montessori method in the first place.  And it's what brought you here.

We encourage you to explore our website if you have time.  You can also call our Doylestown House at 610-290-5019 to speak directly with our Executive Director, Laine Walker.

Or, you can request a Family Information Packet (PDF or US Mail) here. Maria's House is enrolling now for our spring term.  Welcome to the wonderful world of Montessori!

“Mi piace l'ora di pranzo!”

Even for those of us who love our corner of Penn’s Woods, February’s mid-winter gray can challenge the soul. So we travel. All of Maria’s House. Travels. Every Wednesday. As the cukoo in our hall clock marks each hour before lunch, the air becomes warmer, the breeze more mild, the light clearer, colors more defined, music more lyrical, until...

Until a broad hat and vivid scarf appear outside our atrium window, then on our porch, and then, finally, at the entrance to the Great Hall, which echoes with a friendly, chaotic chorus of "Buon giorno!... Come stai?..." and our favorite, "Mi piace l’ora di pranzo!" Because we really do like our lunch hour at Maria’s House, especially on winter Wednesdays.

As one of our Montessori cultural attaches, Signora Cinzia is a weekly guest in our House, and the embodiment of all things Italian, from stories and songs to foods, places, customs, and (of course) language. Our Cultural Anthropology approach is a pilot Montessori research program of Maria's House, in partnership with Frau Dr. Anna Shantz (Institute for Foreign Languages) and the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Our explorers and staff are introduced to languages, traditions and more in an organic, immersive way, guided by gifted native pedagogues who (using almost no English on our campus) communicate the breadth and scope of their particular culture with joy and respect.

So, do you need a mid-week retreat? Take a minute on Wednesday and remember the children and guides of Maria’s House. Whatever the weather, we'll be basking in the warmth of the Caput Mundi, speaking in dialects of the Apennine Peninsula, and enjoying one more lunch in the City of the Seven Hills, lively, eternal, Rome. Ci vediamo a Casa di Maria. Ciao!

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our House

Maria's House is proud to provide Montessori early childhood education and professional training in the beautiful Borough of Doylestown, PA.

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The Garden

At the Dolyestown House, we love spending time where the wild things are (just outside our door).

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New Families

Rolling applications are being accepted for our 2019 spring semester, which runs from January 2 through June 28. Click below to find out more, or to request our Family Information Packet.
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The Difference

New to Montessori?  Here's a starting point, seeds for the soil, something to talk about with us when you stop in.

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