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About CHHH

Mission Statement

Children’s House at Holly Hill Montessori is dedicated to offering a wealth of learning opportunities that awaken and nurture the child’s curious spirit within a warm and peaceful family environment. We feel deeply that the child is truly a miraculous being. Our role as the adult is to cultivate the "whole child". We do this, in part, by encouraging the children to explore the wonders around them, and by supporting them throughout their many discoveries. CHHH Montessori is a loving environment where children- through freedom, independence, and a well-prepared environment- develop social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative skills.



 A place where children

· Are treated and respected as individuals;

· Set their own pace of learning;

· Gain self-confidence and self-respect;

· Achieve independence and inner-discipline;

· Develop attention, concentration, and a love of order;

· Are given freedom within limits;

· Foster a sense of awe and wonder;

· Raise their curiosity, creativity, and interests;

· Evolve into a community.


The Montessori Environment

Montessori learning environments are composed of five areas- practical life, sensorial, language, math and science/cultural- are clearly defined. The materials are purposeful and serve to help the child master a particular skill. The main purpose of a Montessori environment is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning. A well-implemented Montessori program will place an emphasis on helping children:

Our Directress is Montessori certified (AMS 2000) and trained to instruct children ages 2 1/2.


Indoor environment

CHHH is a beautifully prepared learning environment. Our indoor environment is designed to meet the ever-changing needs, interests, abilities, and development of children ages 2 1/2 - 6. Though CHHH is a licensed large family child care, we exceed the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requirements for state-approved Montessori schools.

MSDE Montessori Schools Fact Sheet



 Outdoor environment


Children are naturally full of curiosity. They want to learn as much as they can about their world. CHHH children have many opportunities to explore nature in our outdoor environment. 

Our playground is surrounded by holly bushes and evergreen trees. In the warmer months, children can enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers and blossoming trees. They also get to observe some of Montgomery County's native creatures- groundhogs, squirrels, deer, rabbits and several species of birds.


 The Montessori Directress (Teacher)

A Montessori teacher is called a directress. As the name implies, the directress directs or guides the children. The Directress is a trained observer of children’s learning and behavior and uses her knowledge of child development and teaching skills to help the child’s learning with a new lesson, a fresh challenge, or a reinforcement of basic ground rules. Whenever a child makes a mistake, the Directress refrains, if possible, from intervening and allows him to discover his own error through further manipulation of the self-correcting material. This practice agrees with Dr. Montessori's principle that a child learns through experience. The focus of activity in the Montessori setting is on children’s learning. Children work individually or in small, self-directed groups. There are very few whole group lessons.


The Montessori Directress is trained to identify the best response to the changing interests and needs of each child as a unique individual. She organizes appropriate social settings and learning opportunities for the children at their own level of development. This is done through the design of the classroom, selection and organization of learning activities, and structure of the day.