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Self-sufficient Children

Self-sufficient Children

February 6th, 2024
Did you know that self-sufficient children tend to have greater self-esteem, are better able to manage frustration, and are less dependent on others? Start the process of raising a self-sufficient child by finding tasks that they can do independently. You can give them age-appropriate household tasks, such as folding the laundry, placing their plates in the sink after dinner, or packing and unpacking their school lunches. Engaging in simple self-care tasks will put them... READ MORE
Leadership Parenting Series: Reset Your Role #5

Leadership Parenting Series: Reset Your Role #5

November 30th, 2023
Click to play full video here. Writing a thank-you note alongside your little ones teaches them to respect others and their feelings. Once they are older, they can write their own! Have them embrace the beauty of gratitude at an early age so they can grow to be responsible and caring adults. Whether it's a birthday or a holiday thank you note, start young. Time spent together is time well spent! ... READ MORE
Bringing Montessori Grace and Courtesy Lessons at Home

Bringing Montessori Grace and Courtesy Lessons at Home

November 1st, 2023
by Amity Hook-Sopko The theme of Grace and Courtesy is the oil that keeps a group of people functioning smoothly. It is the ambiance parents can create in the home and the teacher can create in the Montessori classroom. It is a general attitude of graciousness and respect. We can only create it when first we model it with our own actions, and then with good-natured lessons, we demonstrate the way we do things... READ MORE
New Meta Study: Montessori Education Leads to Positive Student Outcomes

New Meta Study: Montessori Education Leads to Positive Student Outcomes

October 2nd, 2023
by Dr. Dean Blase Montessori educators have all experienced it: walking into a well-run, humming classroom where children are focused on learning, making and reinforcing new discoveries, and demonstrating works to younger peers. Where teachers are happily engaged in the best adult work imaginable, “observing the children, judging their ripeness, and figuring out when and how to stoke a child’s interest.” (Randolph et al 2023, 2.2). These images bring us home to Montessori classrooms. ... READ MORE
Leadership Parenting Series: #4 Reset your Role

Leadership Parenting Series: #4 Reset your Role

August 31st, 2023
Leadership Parenting Series #4 Reset your Role By Michele and Jim Aspinall  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PHxXg8dlP0 Did you know that research has found that those given consistent responsibilities as children grow to be adults who are more independent, better able to work in collaborative groups, and better able to understand that doing hard work means you're a valuable member of a community? There is still time. Make your list of household chores and start implementing... READ MORE
Leadership Parenting Series: #3 Reset your Role

Leadership Parenting Series: #3 Reset your Role

February 27th, 2023
Leadership Parenting Series #3 Reset your Role By Michele and Jim Aspinall  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOpuD-m_y-o Fewer toys will encourage your children to play in diverse ways, become resourceful, and learn to persevere! Thanks, Michele and Jim, for helping us save some money while benefitting our children in the long term! Look for more takeaways in the weeks to come! ... READ MORE
Leadership Parenting Series: #2 Reset your Role

Leadership Parenting Series: #2 Reset your Role

December 1st, 2022
Leadership Parenting Series #2 Reset your Role By Michele and Jim Aspinall    Reset Your Role with Michele and Jim's parenting takeaways. This week..." asking" your child to do something vs. "telling." Look for more takeaways in the weeks to come! https://youtu.be/1AdF4M2HqfU       ... READ MORE
Leadership Parenting Series: #1 Reset your Role

Leadership Parenting Series: #1 Reset your Role

November 2nd, 2022
Leadership Parenting Series #1 Reset your Role By Michele and Jim Aspinall    Reset Your Role with Michele and Jim’s parenting takeaways. Begin to establish reasonable yet challenging expectations, set and enforce limits, and model socially appropriate behavior. Look for more takeaways in the weeks to come! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LyjVN_-cwg     ... READ MORE
Embracing Social Connections 

Embracing Social Connections 

March 1st, 2022
Embracing Social Connections By Michele Aspinall I think we can all agree that in an age of social distancing, children are missing out on opportunities to develop critical interpersonal skills. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The sudden decline in socialization when the pandemic first hit meant that they were getting less practice with problem-solving, communication, and other social-emotional learning. One of the many advantages of Montessori that sets us apart from... READ MORE
Parent Leadership Class

Parent Leadership Class

September 17th, 2021
Due to popular demand, Michele and Jim Aspinall are bringing back the Leadership Parenting class! The Aspinalls will provide invaluable guidance to reinforce what essentially has always been the parenting philosophy of the Countryside community–the importance of parents re-claiming a leadership role in the raising of their children. “It’s become counter-cultural,” said the Aspinalls, “to expect a child to defer to the parent’s leadership. Rather, we’ve become accustomed to the parent deferring to... READ MORE

Countryside Programs

We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6